Lagos pledges permanent solution to flooding in Idumago, environs
• Convenes stakeholders meeting
Lagos State Government has pledged a permanent solution to the issue of flooding in Idumagbo, Oroyinyin, Ojo Giwa and environs in Lagos Island before the end of the year, stressing that what obtains at the Ilubirin end is a temporary measure.
Addressing stakeholders, which included the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun Sanni, at a meeting held at the Lagos Island Local Council on the issue of continuous floods experienced in the area, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the state will provide a massive pumping station equipped with high capacity tanks.
He stressed that when fully functional, the pumping station will be fitted with three bigger pumps of 3000m cube per minute M3 capacity each with a 400KVA generator to power it and which have the capacity of pumping all the water that might have accumulated within an hour.
He assured residents that what has been provided at the Ilubirin end, for now, is a temporary measure, which takes a minimum of two days to pump water after every heavy rainfall, adding that a basin of about six metres depth is part of the features of the new pump station that is coming on stream.
Bello told the audience that including leaders of Community Development Committees (CDCs) and Community Development Associations (CDAs) market men and women that the major problem responsible for flooding is the depressing nature of the area, which has made it difficult for water to naturally drain into the canals.
He explained that the natural embarkment constructed at Ilubirin should not be seen as the cause of flooding but as an engineering solution that had prevented the lagoon from flowing back into the communities.
Bello stressed that what was being experienced in Idumagbo and its environs is the effects of climate change as Lagos is one of the cities projected as one of the sinking cities in the world.
He advised residents to desist from dumping refuse into drains and canals, urging them to take ownership of the environment by moving against property developers who litter drains with building materials, preventing flowing drains.
ON the complaints of unavailability of pipe-borne water in Lagos island, he said the problem is receiving due attention through a complete overhaul of the pipe network and machinery of the Adiyan and Iju waterworks project.
The Commissioner directed LAWMA to collaborate with Lagos Island Local Government on the possibility of allowing the PSP operators to discharge refuse generated by tenements at the Transfer Loading Station (TLS) located at Ebute Elefun, before being trans-loaded to the Ojota dumpsite.
In his address, the Deputy Speaker, Sanni, appealed to residents to cooperate with the state government as it is set to proffer a permanent solution to flooding in the area.
He pledged to use his good office to ensure that adequate funds are allocated by the House of Assembly for the successful provision of the permanent solution.
He noted that the state government has already awarded the contracts for the construction of many roads in the area, a commitment the Sanwo-Olu administration has promised as dividends of democracy to residents.
Chairman, Lagos Island East Local Government Area, Hon. Muibi Alabi Folawiyo, in his remarks, said Lagos Island needs serious regeneration and construction of drainages to permanently curb the menace of flooding in the area.
He also called for commitment and a greater sense of duty from PSP operators in Lagos Island, claiming that their level of service needs improvement.
Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde, who was represented by the Director of Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite advised residents to form a committee of residents and groups to liaise and meet with the officials of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources once a month and feed the community back.
He added that with the setting up of the committee, the government would have first-hand information to respond adequately when developers build on drainage alignments and houses channel their soak-away into drainages.
The Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni said the agency is ready to provide a dumping site for PSP operators from the Island to deliver only waste generated by residents and not commercial entities at the TLS at Ebute Elefun before being trans-loaded to Ojota Dumpsite.
He said PSP operators are working tirelessly in Lagos Island, stressing that 150 tonnes of waste are generated in the area daily, which amounts to 15 trucks.