Lagos moves against flood, commissions 19 drainage equipment, vehicles


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, gave verve to the quest to ensure that Lagos remains flood free as he commissioned the second batch of 19 high capacity drainage clearing and maintenance equipment.
Speaking during the event at the  Emergency  Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) Yard in Oregun,  Sanwo-Olu represented by  the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello,  said never again, will Lagos be branded as a flood ravaged city.
He stressed that the State Government will always be a step ahead in terms of its preparations for the rainy season and the aftermath because of the nature of Lagos as a coastal city.

He said his administration would consciously continue to position the Office of Drainage Services to perform its statutory roles, adding that the equipment will be evenly deployed to every part of Lagos.
The governor explained that the complaints of non removal of silts from drains in quick times have been addressed with the new tipping trucks amongst the equipment.
He added that the equipment and vehicles represent the second batch to be procured, while more would be provided in due course.
The commissioned drainage maintenance equipment comprised two loader black hoe model, one low loader trailer, one track loader, four wheel pick up, five tipper truck, two light cargo truck, one low bed horse,  one crane truck as well as two floodlights all to be used in our fight against flooding in the state.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources,  Joe Igbokwe said government is aware of its responsibility to evolve strategic methods that will improve the environment and guarantee that the State is flood free and beautiful for residents.
The Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Lekan Shodeinde said the ministry is confident that the injection of the new set of equipment will improve efficiency in providing all-year-round drainage maintenance for effective and efficient flood management.

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