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Construction of Iwaya drainage channels begins, stakeholders engaged

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Work has commenced on the System 3C and Alara/Adeshina collector drains to permanently curb the menace of flooding in the Majaro, Iwaya, Alara and Adeshina neighbourhoods of Lagos Mainland LGA.

For this reason, the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, rallied the support and cooperation of stakeholders and residents of these areas to sensitise them on government efforts to address the flood problem.

Addressing stakeholders at a meeting held at Fazil-Omar Senior High school, Iwaya, Yaba- Lagos, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the flooding issue in Iwaya and environ had become of serious concern to the government.

Tunji Bello, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment

Represented by the Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmoud Adegbite, the commissioner told his audience that the Majaro/Iwaya Primary Channel – System 3C is one of the major channels in Iwaya, Yaba Local Council Development Area, adding that the concrete lining will effectively enhance the free flow of stormwater within the communities along the axis.

He noted that Alara/Dacosta/Adeshina collector drain is at the earth stage, and stressed that construction of the upstream and downstream would give a facelift to the communities and complement the rapid development of the area.

Bello emphasised that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration was determined to prevent further loss of lives and property occasioned by flooding, and reiterated the state government’s commitment to sustainable development and an improved, habitable environment for all.

He stated that the cooperation of all residents was necessary for the successful execution of the contract.

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The Commissioner said: “Without your robust contributions and buy-in, we cannot achieve the desired success, which explains the reason why your inputs are being sought as we commence the job.”

He charged residents of the area to watch over the project and report their complaints to the Ministry in case of any discrepancy considered is contrary to the stipulated guidelines for the ongoing construction.

In his address, Honourable Member of the State House of Assembly representing Lagos Mainland II, Mr. Olanrewaju Oshun, appealed to the residents to collaborate with the State Government on the construction of the major drainage channels in the axis.

He explained that the construction of canals is ongoing in various areas across the State so that wastewater can flow naturally, stressing that the government will not relent in performing its responsibilities of maintaining a flood-free and clean environment.

Oshun also enjoined the residents to take ownership of the project after completion and desist from the arbitrary dumping of refuse into canals to sustain a flood-free Lagos.

The Chairman, Stakeholders Forum in Iwaya community, Chief F. A Ogunbanjo, commended the government for the laudable project, informing the community members that achieving the project may come with some pains as buildings on the setback and alignments may be moved, but it will be beneficial to all residents in the long run.

He, thereafter, assured the State Government of the cooperation of the residents of Iwaya.

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