The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it was not worried about any flooding in the state during the 2013 rainy season.
The government added that it had invested money in constructing drainage channels and canals and was optimistic that no serious case of flooding would be recorded in the state this year.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said this during an inspection of some “ongoing drainage projects as part of the state’s preparedness” for the 2013 rainy season.
Places visited are Ekoro, Ajasa, Ipaja, Orile and Arigbanla roads. The commissioner also visited Owo Street, Isale Oja Capitol Road Collector, Guiness-Idi-Mangoro Collector Drain and Elere Drain on Alfa Nla Road.
Bello said much of the construction would be finished before the rain started.
He said, “In the places where work will still be on during the rains, we have designed a system whereby construction will still be going on, while water will also be allowed to flow to avoid flooding.
“The construction, rehabilitation and the clearing of drains and canals were to combat flooding in Lagos and the government is assuring Lagosians that soon this state will be free of flooding.
“All the places visited are in our 2013 budget and as you can see, work has commenced in some of them. In the few places that we did not see contractors, we are confident that they will soon appear.”
The commissioner, who also spoke with residents of the places visited, assured them of government’s commitment in making Lagos flood free.
The Director, Construction, Drainage and Dredging, Mr. Dayo Erinle, explained that many of the drainage channels in the state interlinked and were constructed to move water into the ocean.
He said the contractors had been directed to complete the projects before the rains.
At Odo-Iya Alaro in Ilo-Awela Channel, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Muyideen Akinsanya, said though the stream fell within the jurisdiction of both Lagos and Ogun state governments, the Lagos government decided to dredge it to make life comfortable for residents of both states.