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Flooding: Ambode Vows To Enforce Physical Planning Laws

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By GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos

As floods caused by intense rainfall in the state wreaks havoc on Lagos metropolis, Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday,  said the state government will step up its enforcement of physical planning laws to tackle the root cause of flooding in the state.

Speaking at a sensitization workshop on water management and environmental control held at Ikeja which is a prelude to a Water Technology and Environmental Control (WATEC) exhibition holding in Israel later in the year Amode said the flooding caused by torrential rainfall in the state within the last few days would soon be a thing of the past.

He said the state government was working towards embarking on holistic solutions to address the situation once and for all.

The governor said aside the fact that the issue of flooding was not peculiar to the state or Nigeria, saying urgent steps are being taken to tackle the challenge in a holistic manner and protect the state from future re-occurrence.

Ambode who empathized with people who lost properties to the flood, said that it was painful to see most prime estates flooded with water, roads taken over by floods, while many homesteads literally became pools.

Describing the workshop as apt coming at a time the State witnessed flooding in some parts, Governor Ambode said in as much as the development was a trying period for him given the fact that so much had been expended in providing infrastructure for the people, but that major strategies would be implemented with a view to bequeathing the state with enduring solution to water management and environmental control.

“However, if we have learnt anything in the on-going flooding of some parts of the state, it is that there is an immediate, even urgent need for us to embark upon a review and reengineering of our canals and drainage systems.

“This must be pursued hand-in-hand with a clear and crystal re-envisioning of our water management system. So, in effect, what we should immediately pursue is a holistic solution to what is certain to be a recurring problem.”

It must be a sincere collaboration between government and the citizenry,” Ambode said.

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