‘To everything there’s a season’ says the book of law; the season that seems to be here or quite approaching is the raining season, would Lagosians be excited to welcome the season or would they be anxious and perplexed?
I am a resident of Lagos and I am deeply unhappy about the current state of drainages across the state. Currently, all major drainages in the state are blocked; Ogudu, Surulere, Idiaraba, Mushin, Lekki, Agege, Orile, Ketu amongst others.
These block drainages are the resultant effects of refuse dumping in drainages, no thanks to Visionscape which failed to execute the task of managing waste in Lagos. Visionscape with the identity of ‘Cleaner Lagos Initiative’ (though it got dirtier) is no longer here but their terrible footprints in refuse management is all-over the state.
I am using this platform to appeal to governor Ambode to arrest eminent danger that may befall the state during the next raining season we are about to experience.
In the last 3 years, all major canals have become refuse dump and filled with over grown weed. The singular neglect of drainage maintenance culture by Ambode’s administration has cost the state almost all roads bequeathed the state by Fashola’s government.
Why will a governor destroy the state’s water and solid waste management systems and basic infrastructures because of construction of Oshodi and Airport road?
I think Mr. Ambode can do a quick damage control by declaring state of emergency on drainage management and preparation for raining season.
With no iota of partisanship, Fashola spent heavily on drainage construction and management, the task which Ambode sees as unimportant.
It is quite important that the governor take necessary actions to avert the imminent danger that could occur during the raining season.
Prevention is cheaper and better than cure, reactionary emergency responses cannot save the day as it is being deployed in the collapse of the school building in Ita Faji. The lives that have been lost cannot be recovered, this should not be the same regarding drainage, rains and flood in the state.
A governor that loves his people would act in their interest. I hope this gets to Akinwumi Ambode so he could take measures to prevent the looming danger when the rain starts.
A Concerned Lagosian.