Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State says it has demolished all buildings erected along drainage channels and canals in the area to curb the incidence of flooding in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had predicted peak rainfall between the months of August and October.
The LG Chairman, Mr. Babatunde Sofola, told NAN in Lagos on Tuesday that it was a joint decision between the residents and the council.
“We called a stakeholders meeting where it was unanimously agreed that buildings close to the canals and drainages be demolished to avert flooding during rainy season.
“We have invited the Ministry of Environment to come and mark the affected buildings because we know that the council doesn’t have the power to demolish a building on its own.
“We have equally set up a committee to look into the affected buildings and their occupants. Until the committee comes up with their findings, before we know how to assist the occupants,” the council boss said.
Sofola said the council had cleared all the drains and waterways to allow for a free flow of water this rainy season.
He said that the council had also constructed about 45 drainage systems to stem flood as their own to control the flood.
“The council has also constructed culverts and opened up all waterways to facilitate free low of flood water.
“Though, the Lagos State Government is in charge of environmental protection, the council is conscious of the need to maintain a sustainable clean environment.
“The council has constructed culverts where necessary to ensure the longevity of inner roads in some of the communities in the council,” he stated.
He said that the council had also organised enlightenment campaigns on the need to keep the environment tidy at all times.
The council chairman appealed to residents to cooperate with the government by stopping the indiscriminate dumping of refuse into canals and drains.
Sofola appealed to the Lagos State citizens to stop dumping refuse in canals, adding that the councils and state government were working tirelessly to avert flooding.
In the same vein, some residents of Obawole, Ogba have said that flooding constituted a major obstacle to commercial and social activities in the area and called for the state government’s intervention.
The residents of the area under Ifako Local Government told NAN that the sloppy nature of the area had compounded the erosion problem whenever it rained.
Taiwo Abifarin, a resident of the area, told NAN that erosion had affected the roads, making it difficult for motorists to use the roads, adding that there is no drainage system.
“We know that this present local government chairman has started doing something about the drainage but we still need the help of the state government to facilitate up the work,” he explained.