By Monsur Olowoopejo
Lagos—As the rainfall persists across Lagos State, residents have been blamed over the persistent flooding that have taken over roads in parts of the state.
This came barely a week after residents decried the persistent flooding that had restricted vehicular movement in parts of the state.
Speaking in an interview with pressmen yesterday, Sole Administrator of Apapa Local Government, Mr. Babatunde Alao, lamented that the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canals across the state has led to blockage of the drainages.
His words, “It will be unfair to spend money which could have been used in the provision of other basic amenities in the state especially in Apapa Local Government on unethical environmental habits.”
Alao who inspected several drainages expressed regrets over the action of Lagosians, even as he urged residents to shun indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the canal, saying “we need to embrace good hygiene as a way of life.”
Vanguard gathered that the most affected areas where motorists have had harrowing experiences navigating the roads.were Lekki, Oshodi, Apapa, Ajegunle among others.
A resident who identified himself as Chijioke, said, “With all the rain falling in Lagos, let’s channel some of this Lekki flood to the river. This will help address the flood that had crippled business activities in this part of the state.”
Another resident simply identified as Wale, lamented “Our streets have turned into River Nile to the extent flood now flows into our homes.”
…assures of efficient, safe water transportation
Meantime, the state yesterday restated its commitment to sanitize the water transportation system so as to ensure improved, efficient and safe mode of movement of people and goods on its waterways.
Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Ms Abisola Kamson in a statement said the government had recently embarked on stock taking and repositioning by putting efforts in place to ensure sanity on its waterways that would also prevent mishaps and wanton loss of lives.
According to her, the current operations on the waterways does not conform to the international standard, which the State Government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode intends to reposition the water transportation system, saying the process is not limited to the private sector operators alone.
Explaining some of the painstaking efforts of government to modernize and move water transportation forward, she said the Government has concluded a Master Plan which has identified 30 routes across the State, adding that they have been earmarked for channelization, dredging, lighting and demarcation specifically for water transportation.