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Lagos Assembly Lawmakers summon Commissioner over massive flooding

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Lagos Assembly Lawmakers summon Commissioner over massive flooding

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday summoned the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Adejare, to appear before it on Tuesday in respect of the massive flooding on Saturday. The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the flood had affected major
parts of the state, especially Lekki, Victoria Island, Ajah, Ikoyi and
Lagos Island, which experts attributed to a torrential rainfall.

The
House, however, said that it had become necessary for the commissioner
and his team to brief the House on efforts the ministry was making
towards addressing the problem.
The resolution followed a motion moved by Mr Gbolahan Yishawu, the Chairman House Committee on Waterfronts Infrastructures.
The motion, which was against flooding in the state, was co-sponsored by 10 other lawmakers.
Yishawu said: “increase in perennial rainfall has wreaked havocs in many states, particularly in Lagos.
“The downpour and thunderstorms over the weeks have left hundreds homeless with massive loss of business, incomes.
“It
has also caused damage to properties and loss of lives. Major roads
have been flooded, especially around Ajah, Lekki, Victoria Island and
Ikoyi areas of the state
.’’
According
to him, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has linked the
increase in the volume of rainfall and rising sea levels to global
climate change which resulted in incessant flooding.
Yishawu lamented over flagrant disregard to environmental and physical planning laws and guidelines in the state.
“Many
residents have chosen to build illegal structures on drains and water
ways, with construction and sand filling works around the Lagoon and
waterfront in the state.
“All these have compounded effects of the rainfall,’’ he added.
The
lawmaker said that the illegal construction, improper disposal of solid
waste in canals/gutters and reclamation of wetlands if not urgently
checked would continue to cause flooding.
We
are aware of the efforts of the state government in abating flooding
within the state which includes clearing of drains, expansion and
rehabilitation of existing collectors and canals to allow for free flow
of water.
“The state government
as well has carried out several sensitization of members of the public
on the dangers of dumping refuse into canal and illegal construction in
drainage paths,
’’ he said.
The lawmakers took turns to support the motion.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, who also expressed concern, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to write and invite the commissioner and his team.
The House adjourned its plenary until July 11.

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