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Rainy season: Lagos urges preparation for surprises

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello

Lagos State Government has urged residents of the state to be prepared for any surprise that the global weather condition might bring.

The government explained that weather condition had become unpredictable that even countries with advanced technologies found themselves at its mercy.

The state Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, added that as such, residents must join hands with the government to ensure cleanliness and free-flow of water in preparation for the coming rainy season.

Bello spoke on Tuesday in Alausa while announcing the observation of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise for the month of March, which will hold on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

He said, “Lagosians must realise that global climatic weather conditions have become so unpredictable. The flooding ravaging some parts of the United Kingdom despite their advanced drainage network can also happen in Lagos. So, we must be prepared.

“We must ensure that our drains and channels are free flowing, as well as properly dispose our waste.”

The commissioner said human and vehicular activities would be restricted between 7am and 10am to allow full participation of Lagos residents.

He said, “The totality of our efforts are now concentrated on our goal towards attaining a flood free Lagos during the coming rainy season. Our goal is to sustain the achievements of last year as well as try to surpass it.”

Bello stated that the government had vowed to sustain its year-cleaning programme that included, pre-rain, mid-rain and post-rain massive cleaning, maintenance and dredging of drainage channels across Lagos.

He added that during the rainy season, the government would dedicate monthly sanitation exercise to monitoring the state of drainage channels across the state.

He urged Lagosians to always dispose their waste through government waste management operators, saying dumping of wastes into canals impeded the flow of water in drainage channels.

“Residents who still patronise cart pushers should please desist from this illegal act. We must all complement government’s effort towards ensuring that our canals and channels are cleaned at all times,” Bello added.

He warned interstate bus operators and the state transport unions to comply with the restriction of vehicular movement in order to ensure full participation as well as total compliance to the restriction order.

Bello added that any vehicle caught violating the restriction order would be dealt with appropriately, while passengers in such vehicles would also be prosecuted according to the state sanitation laws.

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