The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called for collaboration between the state Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Urban Planning and Physical Development to curb flooding wreaking havoc in the state.
In a motion sponsored by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu and others during plenary session, the house directed that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode should direct the two ministries to remove structures that are blocking drainages.
They also directed that the ministries should ensure that canals are dredged constantly, while slit should be removed regularly.
The state government was also directed to comply with the masterplan for the state, create a rescue team and ensure cooperation amongst the relevant ministries.
In addition, the Ministry of the Environment was urged to publicise its emergency lines; 767 and 112 so that the people will be aware of the number to call during emergency period.
Addressing the lawmakers earlier, the state Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare had blamed the massive flood that ravaged some parts of the state on natural and human causes.
According to him, “natural cause comes in form of climate change, and this affected places such as London, Suleja and other places. There was high tide at the sea that made the level of the water to rise.
“The flood affected places such as Lekki, Victoria Island and Lekki- Epe Expressway. But the water receded within 12 hours. We have been embarking on tree planting to reduce climate change in the state.
“Man-made is caused by people, who build houses on drainages. We saw people sand filling to build houses on Osborne Phase 2. People also build houses by the lagoon against the law,” he said.
Adejare said further that there are illegal dredging all over the state and that machineries have been put in place to correct all these, adding that drainages collect water and send to the lagoon.