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Lagos canals: Residents lament government neglect


Residents of Akobi crescent, Surulere, Junior Chamber International, Lagos City chapter led by its President, Toyin Olaogun alongside other members of the organization have appealed to Governor Ambode to clean up the Akobi crescent canal, decrying it as a threat to human health.

The clean up exercise, which received the collaboration of Visionscape and LetsdoitNigeria was organised by Access bank, Taxify and ACT Foundation with the aim of ensuring a cleaner Lagos and the collection of plastic waste for recycling.

In a statement by Fashoro CDA Chairman, Rotimi Williams appealed to the government to rise to the situation, as residents could no longer endure the difficulties caused by the canal in the community, adding that the continuous existence of the canal is a danger to health. “The canal is a death trap. We cannot stay outside to get fresh air because of the mosquitoes that the canal breeds. Businesses have packed up with many residents and traders relocating. We clean up the canal ourselves, we haven’t seen any government presence here concerning this issue,” he said.

According to Fashoro community youth leader, Nkenachor Christopher, ‘The canal is filled with wastes, human faeces and rubbish but no one is bold enough to call any one to question and there are kids playing around,’’ he said.

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