The Lagos State Government has intensified its efforts to curb excessive flooding in the Lagos metropolis during the rainy season, while Lagosians are to begin immediate clearing of drains in their frontages and surroundings to avert the menace.
The Permanent Secretary, Office of Infrastructure, Mr Wasiu Olokunola, who reeled out measures adopted so far to control flooding, noted that any approach short of concerted efforts between the government and residents would not solve the problem.
Supervising the clearing of drainage channels in Ikorodu Local Government Area as part of the holistic approach by the government to prevent flooding in the State, he said the State government was working round the clock to avert possible disasters that may result from flooding.
“The only way to preserve the life span of the massive road infrastructural investment of the current administration is that residents should cultivate the habit of daily clearing of the drains in their frontages, as we all know that blocked drains lead to flooding, which is the greatest enemy of paved roads.”
He revealed that available research on causes of flooding in the State had further revealed that activities of car wash operators that discharge waste water on roads damage the roads, and encourage flooding.
Olokunola disclosed that the State government had commenced a clampdown on all illegal car wash operators, warning that those apprehended would face the full wrath of the law.
He appealed to Lagosians to join hands with the government and report illegal car wash operators, even as he charged them to desist from any act capable of causing serious damage to the road network built with tax payers’ money.