Lagos Consequential Flood: Lagosians’ Indiscipline Is The Root Cause—Joe Igbokwe
OpenLife Nigeria reports that the rain that consequential rains that over flooded most parts of Lagos, especially on the Island was caused by Lagosians who exhibit indiscipline by dumping refuse on drainage.
This was the submission of Joe Igbokwe, special adviser to Lagos State governor on Drainage.
His reaction, reproduced below, came when some concerned citizens lampooned the government for failing in it’s responsibility.
This is my office. This is my job and I understand this job very well. Lagos is a Coastal City that is prone to flooding and we all know this very well in Lagos. There is what we call flash flooding and it comes after a heavy downpour and few hours later it will disappear into the drains that are in great numbers in the metropolis.We have many low line areas in Lagos where people are not supposed to build houses but many will ignore our warnings and go there to erect makeshift houses or chanties. When you have a heavy downpour such areas will be flooded. Next is to tell LAGOSIANS that drains or canals are not where to dump waste. Many LAGOSIANS are still dumping waste into the drains. LASG is aware of this and spend a lot every year to construct and build new drainage channels every year. Dredging and cleaning is continuous exercise in Lagos.
Lagos will continue to do its best to make Lagos a livable city but we want LAGOSIANS to help us to build a better Lagos by taking ownership of our tertiary, secondary and primary canals in Lagos. It is supposed to a symbiotic relationship.
We have massive flooding in other climes like USA, UK, Australia, some African countries, and even Pakistan with devastating consequences.