By Oziegbe Okoeki
Lagos State Authorities has urged residents to assist forestall flooding by retaining drainages and canals freed from refuse.
The federal government is clearing canals and closely clogged-up drains all through the state.
Commissioner for the Atmosphere and Water Assets, Mr Tunji Bello, known as for residents’ assist.
He spoke throughout an inspection tour of on-going clearing of drains within the state.
Bello who was accompanied by Particular Adviser on Drainage and Water Assets, Mr Joe Igbokwe, Everlasting Secretary, Drainage, Olalekan Shodeinde and different senior officers within the ministry.
Bello ongoing clearing of drainage channels would proceed until September.
“I’ll wish to attraction to all residents to take excellent care of those canals and drains as the federal government is cleansing them.
“Kindly take possession and do away from encroaching canals and drains proper of method,” he stated.
A number of the areas visited embrace Yaya Abatan Drainage channel by Ajobo road, Iju Highway collector drain/Alamutu collector (Fagba-Gudugba), Ajuwon River by Iju/Ajuwon bridge, Ilo River Upstream (by Toll Gate, Ifako Ijaiye).
Others are Pipeline collector Drain Idimu, Irepodun collector Drain Idimu, IPI/Ikotun Channel by Ikotun, Abeokuta Anjorin Channel/ Egbe Stream by Egbe Bridge, Guinness Idi Mangoro collector drain (Agege and Oko-Oba Channel).
He directed that the Iju Highway collector drain/Alamutu collector (Fagba-Gudugba) needs to be revisited with additional dredging and directed all unlawful constructions constructed on the alignment be eliminated.
The commissioner defined that the continued clearing of Ajuwon River, by Iju/Ajuwon bridge, is important in order to hyperlink up with Yaya Abatan Drainage channel by Ajobo road for a free move of water, including that the sawmill erected on the canal must give method.
Igbokwe stated resident engineers from the ministry will all the time be round to work with the CDAs to make sure satisfactory monitoring after the completion of the clearing and cleansing train.
Shodeinde known as on all residents whose buildings are on drainage alignment to be ready to vacate them. The Chairman, of Ilo Awela Group Growth Affiliation in Ifako Ijaiye Native Authorities, Mr Emmanuel Ajayi, praised the federal government for the clearing of Ilo River Upstream (by Toll Gate, Ifako Ijaiye).
He stated a committee was in place to watch the drains towards refuse dumping.