Govt fingers climate change, blocked drains in Lagos flooding

Flooding on Lagos Island is caused by the effects of climate change and blocked drains in the area. Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, disclosed this in a statement, pledging that a massive pumping station equipped with high-capacity tanks would be provided.

His words: “A permanent solution to the issue of flooding in Idumagbo, Oroyinyin, Ojo Giwa, and environs on Lagos Island would be put in place before the end of the year, but I want to assure residents that what has been provided at the Ilubirin end, for now, is a temporary measure which takes a minimum of two days to pump water after every heavy rainfall.

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“The major problem responsible for flooding is the depressing nature of the area which has made it difficult for water to naturally drain into the canals. What was experienced in Idumagbo and its environs are the effects of climate change as Lagos is one of the cities projected as one of the sinking cities in the world.

“I advise residents of Lagos Island to desist from dumping refuse into drains and canals and take ownership of the environment by moving against property developers who litter drains with building materials which prevent flowing drains.”

Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, remarked: “I appeal to residents to cooperate with the state government as it is set to proffer a permanent solution to flooding in the area and promise to use my good office to ensure that adequate funds are allocated by the state House of Assembly for the successful provision of the permanent solution.”

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