Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode has been charged to declare a state of emergency on drainage management in preparation for the raining season.
In an open letter written to Governor Ambode, Tosin Awopetu (pseudonym) appealed to the Lagos State Governor to arrest eminent danger that may befall the state during the next raining season
Awopetu lamented that all the major drainage in the state are blocked due to refuse dumping by Lagosians following the failure of VisionScape.
She explained that “currently all major drainages in the state are blocked; ogudu, surulere, idiaraba, mushin, lekki, agege, orile, ketu etc.
“This is the after effects of dumping refuse in drainages for two years and it is about to manifest. In the last 3 years, all major canals have become refuse dump and filled with over grown weed.”
She mentioned that “the singular neglect of drainage maintenance culture by Ambode’s administration has cost the state almost all roads bequeathed the state by previous administration of Babatunde Raji Fashola.”
Awopetu noted that the former waste management body in the state has been a contributory factor to dumping of refuse in drainages by Lagosians. She added that, “we no longer have Visionscape but their terrible footprints in refuse management is all-over the state.”
Awopetu however opined that, “I think Mr. Ambode can do a quick damage control by declaring state of emergency on drainage management and preparation for raining season.”