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Lagos ministry intervenes in Iyana-Ejigbo flooding

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Following perennial flooding at Iyana Ejigbo junction along the Isolo-Egbe Road, in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of Lagos State, the Ministry of the Environment has concluded plans to embark on immediate de-flooding of the area.

Chairman of the council, Kehinde Bamigbetan, who disclosed this said that the ministry which had been contacted would soon move to site to deflood the area inorder to arrest the bad situation.

The council Chairman, however, said he had directed the Works Department of the council to provide palliative measures at the waterlogged portion of the road as you drive towards Ikotun-Egbe.

Bamigbetan said the council would deposit heavy rocks removed from the hard culvert at the entrance of Kayode Double Powerline Road at the flooded portion of the road to reduce the suffering of motorists.

“Initially, we thought that by breaking the hard culvert at the entrance of Double Powerline Road, off Iyana Ejigbo Road, the flood will find its way to Egbe stream, but we discovered that there is another hard culvert underneath the broken one that is impeding the free flow of water along the excavated drainage, leading to the canal,” Bamigbetan explained.

He continued: “At this point, we decided to inform the Ministry of the Environment Lagos State on the need to carry out the concretization of the excavated drainage and at the same time, break the newly discovered hard culvert, to solve the problem once and for all”.

Bamigbetan, while sympathising with motorists plying the road and residents on their plight and the man-hour lost as a result of traffic gridlock caused by the bad portion of the road, assured them that the problem would soon be over. He said that  “the Ministry of Environment has assured that the repair work on the flooded portion of the road will commence soon, as it has been awarded to a contractor, who will be on site as soon as possible”.


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