Lagos Assembly summons Commissioner for Environment over massive flooding

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday summoned the Commissioner for Environment, Babatunde Adejare, to appear before it on Tuesday in respect of the massive flooding on Saturday.

Lekki, Victoria Island, Ajah, Ikoyi and Lagos Island, ​were most affected in the torrential rainfall.

The resolution followed a motion moved by Gbolahan Yishawu, the Chairman House Committee on Waterfronts Infrastructures.

Yishawu said: “increase in perennial rainfall has wreaked havocs in many states, particularly in Lagos.

“The downpour and thunderstorms over the weeks have left hundreds homeless with massive loss of business, incomes.

“It has also caused damage to properties and loss of lives. Major roads have been flooded, especially around Ajah, Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi areas of the state.’’

​He lament the flagrant​ disregard to environmental and physical planning laws and guidelines in the state.

“Many residents have chosen to build illegal structures on drains and water ways, with construction and sand filling works around the Lagoon and waterfront in the state.

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“All these have compounded effects of the rainfall,’’ he added.

The lawmaker said that the illegal construction, improper disposal of solid waste in canals/gutters and reclamation of wetlands if not urgently checked would continue to cause flooding.

“We are aware of the efforts of the state government in abating flooding within the state which includes clearing of drains, expansion and rehabilitation of existing collectors and canals to allow for free flow of water.

“The state government as well has carried out several sensitization of members of the public on the dangers of dumping refuse into canal and illegal construction in drainage paths​”,​ he said.

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