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LASG for residents: “We will not back down until we find a holistic solution to flooding in the state”

Environment

The Lagos State Government on Saturday stressed that it will not back down until a holistic solution is found to the problem of man-made flooding across the state.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, stated this in an interview after an inspection trip to the midstream of System 1 spillway (Odo Iya Alaro), Arowojobe Estate and Mende Villa Estate, Maryland section.

The tour, which is a follow-up to the one undertaken last Sunday, is intended to take a second look at the alignments and put a human face on the ongoing enforcement along the System 1 corridor.

He explained that the midstream channel of System 1 (Odo Iya Alaro), which cut through Ogudu, Ojota, Ifako, Gbagada, Maryland and Ojota, had a setback of 140 meters, which has now been reduced to 100 meters to reduce collateral damage .⁹

He added that the original size for the drainages was 140 meters but the state government is ready to give a human face to the enforcement process by moving 60 meters to the Ogudu/Maryland section and 40 meters to the Ogudu/Odo Iyaloro section section, making it 100 meters.

He explained that System 1 was constructed in 1974 and it is the largest and widest primary canal that submerges major parts of the mainland, crossing Ogudu, Ojota, Ifako, Gbagada and Maryland. He added that the flyover bridge coming from Odo Iyaloro, the in these areas.

He said some structures on the Mende Villa Estate are located in the middle of the canal and do not adhere to the mandatory distance of 15 meters.

He said property owners are also brandishing secret government documents, which is against the law.

According to the Commissioner, flooding, noise pollution and the unlawful blocking of drains represent crucial challenges that negatively impact the lives of our citizens and must be addressed to create an aesthetic environment.

The team also visited the Nigeria Social Insurance Building in the former Federal Secretariat Ikoyi, comprising three blocks of 12 floors each, where a notice of termination was given to the occupiers.

He said the building poses a major risk to the state and causes serious environmental pollution to society as it lacks proper sanitation.

“I would like to reiterate that Lagos is a coastal state and there will always be flash floods for a few hours when it rains. We must know that the world has changed and everyone must take various measures to mitigate the negative effects of global warming and other environmental problems facing human existence.

According to him, together we can alleviate these environmental problems and restore peace and order to our state. When building your property, always leave a distance of 15 meters to prevent future occurrences.

The Commissioner accompanied by the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, Permanent Secretaries, Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen; Bureau of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbiet; MD LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director, LASWMO, Engr. Adefemi Afolabi and some directors.

The commissioner who also visited the Dolphin Under the Bridge a few days ago where a number of shift rooms were discovered, said the Ministry of Environment and its Social Development counterpart will work together to take care of some school-going children living under the bridge.

Wahab stressed that the government remains resolute in expanding its cleaning exercises around the state as it has done at Apogbon, Obalende, Dolphin and Ijora Under Bridges.

Places visited include Arowojobe Estate Maryland, Ajose Street Maryland, Nigeria Social Insurance Building, Ikoyi, Dolphin Underbridge and other places.

FA

May 4, 2024

Tags: Flood System Solution 1 Tokunbo Wahab Drainage Canal