Lagos has invested in Infrastructure, ready to tackle flooding
Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-sanyintolu has reiterated the state government’s preparedness to tackle the incessant flooding in the state.
Speaking during the agency’s advocacy visit to Eti-Osa Local Council, tagged, ‘Flood Frees Lagos 2023: Building flood resilience is our collective responsibility,’ Osanyintolu disclosed that the state has improved on the existing infrastructure in terms of preparedness against any form of disaster, especially flood in various communities in Lagos.
He disclosed that the state government has invested on first responders that are important in managing emergencies in the state as well as improved in terms of equipment, financing and personnel to be able to respond swiftly to any emergency.
He noted that the Lagos waterways are been monitored by the two command centres placed strategically in the state and are ready to manage disasters holistically.
He pointed out that as part of its preparedness for the incessant flood in Lagos, the government recently improved on the recovery and relief centres by donating eight buildings of 144 units to the relief centre at Agbowa in Lagos.
Also speaking at the event, the Council’s supervisor for Health, SharafaBalogun stated that to avert any disaster in Eti-Osa, the Council has taken it upon itself to clean all the drainages and canals within environs so as to have a flood-free environment.
He urged the government to stop the reclamation of land through the lagoon, which he said is inimical to the inhabitants of Eti-Osa and is part of what usually contributes to flooding in the area.
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