LAGOS – The Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Lagos chapter, Mr Olayemi Shonubi, on Tuesday commended Lagos State Government on the improved network of drainage systems across the state.
Shonubi, who gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that the effective management of the drainage network had contributed to the noticeable flood reduction in Lagos.
According to him, the pre-rain, mid-rain and post-rain mechanism and maintenance programme of the state government in 2013 and 2014 had significantly reduced the effects of flood, compared with previous years.
“In spite of the fact that it had rained persistently in the last one month, there has not been any record of massive flooding and destruction of lives and property that used to accompany past rainy seasons in the state.
“The government has actually tried in its efforts to upgrade and clear drainage channels and open-up blocked canals.[eap_ad_2]
“Some of the drainage channels in the state are now free, giving way for free-flow of water after the rains,” he said.
Shonubi said that the absence of any flood related incidence in July, the peak period of the rainy season, indicated the possibility of the year ending without any report of flood-related disaster.
The chairman also urged the state government to sustain its efforts at ensuring that the drainage canals are kept free from natural and human-induced obstacles.
Shonubi said that co-operation of the residents, industries and households, were all needed to sustain the noticeable improvements in drainage in the state.
“To record any remarkable improvement on the drainage condition, the residents have great role to play.
“The residents, traders and manufacturing companies must desist from dumping nylons, bottles and other forms of refuse into the drainage canals,” he added. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]