By Kenneth Ehigiator
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State Wednesday urged residents of the state to brace up for the current change of global weather conditions which have intensified the heat now being suffered in the country.
Fashola spoke against the backdrop of recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, mudslides in Uganda and Mexico and flood in parts of Europe caused by global warming.
The governor, who spoke in an interview at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, said Lagos could not be insulated against effects of depletion of the ozone layer, which had caused catastrophic weather conditions in different parts of the world.
According to him, only strict adherence to environmental friendly practices, such as clearing of drainages, proper management of water and environmental sanitation, could help stem the tide of inclement weather conditions that could be hazardous to humanity.
â€œLet just roll up our sleeves, clean our drainages, manage water properly and ensure the best habit. You have seen what is happening in France, the whole of France was flooded a few days ago.
â€œMudslides took place in Uganda just two days ago. Earthquake in Chile, warnings of Tsunami, heavy wind. We are part of that global village. We are in a safe zone, we are in a safe area but it is not enough to ride our luck.
â€œWe must stop those things that endanger us: bad management of drains, bad disposal of refuse, slitting of drainages. All those things were built with our tax money. Letâ€™s make them work for us now.
â€œAs we are having extreme weather conditions of heat, I expect that as we have seen even in Europe, snow is falling in places where it didnâ€™t fall years ago. So, we wonâ€™t be insulated and our luck here is that we have advance warning, we can prepare, we have time.
â€œThere is a plan in place from the local government right down to the state level, everybody should get involved. Take the monthly sanitation exercise more seriously, but take daily sanitation as a way of life and as a habit and that is the only way we can ensure that we mitigate against any adverse effect.â€