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LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by naptu2: 9:55pm On Aug 26
LASG REASSURES RESIDENTS OVER FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY FROM NIMET

… Says Measures Are In Place to Contain Heavy Downpour

The Lagos State Government has reassured residents that irrespective of the new advisory issued by the Nigerian Metrological Services (NIMET) on rainfall and flash flooding, adequate measures are in place to contain any eventuality.

Addressing the media in Alausa about the preparedness for heavy rainfalls, which resume in September, and the release of water from the Oyan Dam, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the capacity of primary and secondary drains have been enhanced through consistent cleaning and clearing to contain runoffs.

The Commissioner said, "A practical demonstration of our preparedness was the over 10 hours of rainfall experienced in Lagos on July 19, which resulted in flooding that submerged some houses and vehicles, especially in Marina, but which had disappeared the next morning, eight to 10 hours after."

He explained that the same level of preparedness is in place despite the advisory by the management of Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority on the release of water from the Oyan Dam in September.

Bello informed that Lagos State will maintain the long-established synergy and partnership with Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, which has ensured the steady and systematic release of water from Oyan Dam, to prevent flooding of the downstream communities.

His words: “We are stepping up the dredging and cleaning of all our channels and would also use the opportunity to once again urge the residents of low-lying areas to be alert and ready to move when the rain of unusual intensity falls”.

He advised residents of areas along the river banks such as Agiliti, Ajegunle, Isheri North, Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora, Isaalu, Pota and Shibiri etc to remain cautious.

The Commissioner said: "All residents of the listed areas must be at alert and relocate to higher grounds to save their lives and property when water is released by Oyan Dam authorities. For such people, they can always return to their abode when the water subsides.”

“Let me give an assurance to all residents that the proactive stance of the Ministry has always been 'Be ready always'. We have always treated the nine months of March to November as peak months of rainfall in our preparations. That is why we can never be caught napping”, Bello assured.

He stated further that one major contributory factors to possible flooding is the rise in sea level due to the coastal nature of the State, adding that this has always posed risks to the State anytime there is high a tidal movement which may “lock-up” the discharge points of the drainage channels until it recedes.

While appealing to residents to report cases of drainage blockages, dumping of waste into canals and other unauthorised places, Bello implored the people to continue to complement efforts of the State Government through the regular clearing of drains in the frontage of their premises.

He urged the public to desist from patronising cart pushers as they are responsible for dumping waste into canals at night after collecting money from residents for services rendered.

The Commissioner averred that the State Government recently commissioned 102 Trucks and 100 Dino Bins so that PSP operators can serve residents in all LGA and LCDAs better, adding that residents are free to report PSP operators in their areas when they perform below expectation.

He disclosed that the Government is working on a "Plastic Waste Policy", to tackle the waste problems caused by plastics and styrofoam.
The Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, in his contribution, implored the people of Lagos to support the government effort through regular cleaning of the drainages in front of their houses.

#LASG
#ForAGreaterLagos

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Pix 1: (L-R) Director Water Resources, Engr. Helen Taiwo; Honourable Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello and Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde during the press briefing on resumed September rainfall held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on Wednesday, 25th of August, 2021.

Pix 2: (L-R) Director of Water Resources, Engr. Helen Taiwo; Honourable Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello; Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde; Director of Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite during the press briefing on resumed September rainfall held at the conference room of the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources on Wednesday 25th of August, 2021.

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by naptu2: 9:55pm On Aug 26
The Oyan River Dam is in Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State. The dam crosses the Oyan River, a tributary of the Ogun River. It is used primarily to supply raw water to Lagos and Abeokuta, but has potential for use in irrigation and power generation.

Heavy rainfall in Ogun State in 2010 forced authorities of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority to open the flood gates and release water from the dam in order to reduce pressure. This led to flooding in Ikorodu and other parts of northern Lagos (even though it had not rained in that part of Lagos). The Lagos State Government had to relocate residents of the area to a relief camp.

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Lagos State was ruled by the ACN, while Ogun State was ruled by the PDP at that time and this led to a bit of friction between both governments. However, an agreement was eventually reached between the Lagos State Government, the Ogun State Government and the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority to create a committee to manage release of water from the dam. This committee ensures that the Lagos State Government is informed before water is released from the dam. The committee has announced that it will release water from the dam in September and October.

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has also forecast heavy rainfall in the Lagos area.

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by NwaNimo1(m): 9:57pm On Aug 26
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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by chatinent: 9:59pm On Aug 26
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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by taiwotimitt: 10:11pm On Aug 26
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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by alienvirus: 4:38am On Aug 27
Only if they know what happened in Oshodi on a beautiful Friday. Even BRT was flooded.
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by BluntCrazeMan: 4:40am On Aug 27
Ok naa
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by GboyegaD(m): 4:41am On Aug 27
Hopefully, they are well prepared for this.
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by TimmyTen(m): 4:42am On Aug 27
Listen to them at your own peril, Please fix your leaking roofs oooo!!! for me its Time to build my Ark.. cool

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by Oteikwu1(m): 4:42am On Aug 27
Omo jakande own na die
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by michlins(m): 4:46am On Aug 27
Jakande Lekki island on high alert

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by CNiro: 4:48am On Aug 27
Gov. Umahi is a fool....
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by szczescie(m): 4:49am On Aug 27
Make no mistake, Lagos will be submerged

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by Ajibel(m): 4:49am On Aug 27
The Lagos drainage team really needs to step up doe. In my area at Aguda, they've showed no presence to clearing of blocked drainage.

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by princemillla(m): 4:50am On Aug 27
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If it can happen in marina , Surulere and other parts of Lagos state then it’s zero preparedness. We love winning events on media but in reality it’s zero
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by michlins(m): 4:50am On Aug 27
This is where you expect Joe Igbokwe to do his job but he will become a ghost.

No wonder he's stuck at personal assistant job while his mates are all senators
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by calberian: 4:52am On Aug 27
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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by BreakingNews21: 4:53am On Aug 27
Kudos. Very important news announcement.

"While appealing to residents to report cases of drainage blockages, dumping of waste into canals and other unauthorised places, Bello implored the people to continue to complement efforts of the State Government through the regular clearing of drains in the frontage of their premises."
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by stephenwa(m): 4:57am On Aug 27
Always 1st to run to the media to talk rubbish..when the flood start..them go run...point of correction it was on 16th of July the rain almost Carry person house and car
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by Ijawboy(m): 5:01am On Aug 27
If the evidence of LASG's preparedness is the over 10 hours of rainfall experienced in Lagos on July 19, which resulted in flooding that submerged houses and vehicles, especially in Marina, that disappeared the next morning, eight to 10 hours after, then it is safe to say that they are not ready.
For all the talk about relocation, he made no mention of temporary shelters at risk can go to escape the imminent flooding or any kind of provision for their safety and welfare.
By you would have expected these folks in government to have learnt from previous incidents and be better prepared. Clearly they need more support in terms of expertise and funding/funds management.

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by anambraamaka: 5:01am On Aug 27
Good
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by naptu2: 5:05am On Aug 27
By the way, the Lagos State Relief Camp is at Igando. That's where victims of the 2010 Ikorodu Flood were moved to. The camp has also been used to temporarily house victims of the Ojo Gas Explosion and victims of the Lagos Island Building Collapse.

I think other camps have since been built in other parts of the state.

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by whela(m): 5:07am On Aug 27
Assurance my foot

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by elmessiahs(m): 5:09am On Aug 27
Let God help us because we Africa is worse hit in the ozone layer depletion due to the negligence of standard practices.
We are so uncultured when it comes to waste disposal, which have ensured that our drainage system are blocked. Even those who sweep the street are sometimes guilty of pushing sand swept with dirt into the manholes.
Elmessiahs

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by Bcock3030(m): 5:11am On Aug 27
Proactive measures to ensure no regret kiss
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by ipobarethieves: 5:14am On Aug 27
sad sad sad Dey should drag the man in charge of drainage/gutter cleaning to do his work. angry sad angry
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by sirusX(m): 5:27am On Aug 27
naptu2:
By the way, the Lagos State Relief Camp is at Igando. That's where victims of the 2010 Ikorodu Flood were moved to. The camp has also been used to temporarily house victims of the Ojo Gas Explosion and victims of the Lagos Island Building Collapse.

I think other camps have since been built in other parts of the state.

This would really be helpful, but then how would people take care of damage to property. Shouldn’t there be compensation?
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by diportivo: 5:35am On Aug 27
sirusX:


This would really be helpful, but then how would people take care of damage to property. Shouldn’t there be compensation?

so,with these warnings been shouted up and down,the government will still be liable for those that have strong head and still decide to not secure their properties against the flood?

issokay
Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by naptu2: 5:42am On Aug 27
sirusX:


This would really be helpful, but then how would people take care of damage to property. Shouldn’t there be compensation?

Aha! That was the cause of great controversy after the great 2010 flood. I can't exactly remember how the controversy was resolved, but this is what I remember.

The Federal Government promised to release money for compensation. The Lagos State Government said that it had received no funds from the Federal Government. There was a lot of back and forth. Then in 2013 the Lagos State Government said that it had received the funds from the Federal Government (from the Ecological Fund). It said that it was going to use the funds to compensate some of the victims, while others who had to move permanently (because their houses were on flood plains) would be resettled at a housing scheme that the government would build. However, some of the victims complained that after 2 years at the camp, they were only given ₦25,000 and asked to leave the camp.

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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by clothingonline(m): 7:16am On Aug 27
Clear the gutter in front of your house and office gutter too and if is not built build one in develop country flood happens too but not messed like ours





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Re: LASG Reassures Residents Over Flash Flood Advisory From NIMET by Iliveforever(m): 7:36am On Aug 27
Was this not how they said they would be 3days heavy downpour from Monday to Wednesday and up till now I never see any rain talk less of downpour. I never took it serious shaa

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