LAGOS—The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, has begun clearance of drainage channels in Lagos, ahead of the rainy season to check flooding.
Mr. Tayo Awodun, the engineer in charge of Lagos-East, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, yesterday, in Lagos that the clearing was to curb the problem of severe flooding at the peak of the rainy season.
He said: “We have begun the clearing of the drains before the rainy season starts.”
He said that manholes in the Maryland area serving as refuse dumps were cleared two weeks ago.
Awodun said the carriageway under Ijora Bridge that was always experiencing flooding during the rainy season had also been cleared to avert flooding.
He warned destitute who had turned the drains in Ijora into their private toilets to desist from such acts.
He said that officials of the the Federal Roads Committee on Surveillance and Action Against Road Side Trading and Other Forms of Road Abuse (FERSCARA),would soon be arresting offenders.
He said that FERSCARA was an arm of FERMA, created by the Federal Ministry of Works to sanction those found to be destroying roads.
Awodun also said that some officials of FERMA had been assigned to clear drains and weep holes on the Ikorodu Expressway regularly.
“We have worked on Ikorodu-Shagamu Road where we have done construction of drainage, culverts and pavement repairs.
“On Ikorodu-Itoikin Road, we have carried out patching of pot holes,” he said.
He said that some people were also assigned to be inspecting and cleaning channels on the third Mainland Bridge on a daily basis.