…To ensure proper flow of drainage channels in the State***
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello on Monday assured that the Lagos State Government will focus more on silt evacuation and ensure proper flow of drainage channels in the state.
Tunji Bello gave the assurance during the Phase II inspection of the ongoing drainage exercise organised by the Lagos State Government.
The Maritime First online reports that the Commissioner was accompanied by Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr Joe Igbokwe; Permanent Secretary, Drainage, Mr Olalekan Shodeinde and other senior officials in the ministry.
Maritime First Newspaper online also reports that the drainage channels visited were: System 2, Fola Agoro , Opeyemi Fola Agoro Collector drain, Somolu, Aloe, Akobi Crescent, Drainaging of Ojo Niyun by park lane Channel Collector Drain.
Other drainage channels also visited were; NTA 7,/Alaka Channel (System 4) Alaka, Dredging of Carter Drainage Channel Railway, Alaka, Otumara Costain Underbridge, Herbert Macaulay, Nathan Collector Drain and dredging of Bush Orowojobe Channel.
According to him, it is difficult to evacuate silt taken from the canal because it is usually wet; and would be heavy, until it drains before being evacuated.
He maintained that at least, two or three days would be enough for the silt to dry, saying that the ministry had noticed abandonment of silts around some places and which would be addressed as soon as possible.
“Our observation so far is that we still have some problems in some areas and in most parts, the drainage evacuator had done a tremendous job in the evacuation of drainages in the state.
“We have asked the engineers in charge of some drainages that we are not comfortable with what they did and to go back and start all over again.
“We have been able to stabilise the environment structure in the state. We are working toward stabilising the structure of waste management we have.
“Similarly, the drainage management have been reinstalled as a result of drainage abandonment in the last four years, Idiara drainage was evidence of drainage abandonment,”Bello said.
He said that the Idiara drainage had been evacuated, saying that it remained the upstream that needed to be evacuated to ensure proper flow of water channel.
Igbokwe, said that they had been to 25 drainage channels so far to ensure possible reduction of flooding in the state.
He urged Lagos residents to complement government efforts by ensuring they stop dumping of refuse into the canal.
Shodeinde, said that many channels had been cleared which gave water easy passage, adding that if the exercise continues till September, the state would be ready for the October peak.
Shodeinde urged residents to vacate from the setback to enable the government to excavate cut-away at the setback of the carnal.
He urged residents to maintain their usual tertiary drain, so as to avoid small drainage in the street.