By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
LAGOS — Sixteen members of the Senate led by Rev. George Akume, yesterday, appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of Lagos State by releasing ecological fund to the state immediately.
The Senate team visited Lagos to assess the damage caused by the recent torrential rainfall which led to loss of lives and destruction of property worth billions of Naira.
The team made up of 15 Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, senators and Senator Abu Ibrahim from Katsina South of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, agreed that the only way out of the problem of flooding and environmental degradation in the state was the immediate release of ecological fund.
Answering questions from newsmen after their tour, Akume said they felt the state should not be left alone in its present predicament.
Akume, alongside Senators Chris Ngige, Oluremi Tinubu, Babatunde Ojodu, Ganiyu Solomon, Gbenga Ashafa among others said the state deserved a special status being a former capital and commercial nerve centre of the country.
Welcoming the senators to State House, Ikeja, Governor Babatunde Fashola said the state government was overwhelmed by the problems of ecological disaster, adding that the state government was in dire need of Federal Government assistance to solve the problem.
The governor also reiterated the need to accord the state a special status, given its role as former capital and the commercial nerve centre of the country as well as being a home to many Nigerians from different parts of the country.
He said the state government had concluded plans to demolish illegal structures built on drainage channels.
Fashola said the state government would no-longer tolerate such contravention that put other people’s lives and property at risks.