It was a moment of joy for residents of Agbado Okeodo, Mosan Okunola in Ayobo Ipaja Local Council Development Area. This happen when the Lagos State Government began work on the Akinola/Aboru drainage channel to curb flooding in the area.
Before now, many lives had been lost in floods. Also, properties worth several millions got destroyed. All these happened because of the bad state of the drainage.
The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello disclosed this. He made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abule Egba at the weekend. He also announced the commencement of works on the drainage channel.
He assured residents of a quality work and asked residents to take ownership of projects in their domains. He urged residents to form a committee to supervise the project and report their complaints to the ministry in case of a discrepancy as regards the project, adding that it was the resolve of the Sanwo-Olu administration to prevent further losses of lives and properties caused by flooding that necessitated the award of the contract afresh.
Earlier in his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe, commended the residents for collaborating with the government on the construction of the major drainage channel in the axis.
The Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Olalekan Shodeinde, described the project as an engineering masterpiece that would run through three local councils. He said the project might come with some pains as buildings on the setback and alignment might be moved.
He added that the Akinola Bridge that collapsed recently, which measured about 20 metres, would be reconstructed and expanded so that water would flow freely underneath without damage.