Lagos rep. seeks intervention over Apapa drainage system

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PIC. 16. AN ARTICULATED VEHICLE GOING THROUGH A BAD PORTION ON APAPA-OSHODI EXPRESS WAY IN LAGOS ON MONDAY (29/6/15). 5066/29/06/2015/WAS/BJO/NAN

The House of Representatives member for Apapa Federal Constituency, Rep. Mufutau Egberongbe, on Wednesday called on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to reconstruct the drainage system in Apapa area of Lagos State  to avert an impending disaster.

Egberongbe, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, urged the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, to support the state in rebuilding the Apapa canal otherwise known as “System 5’’.

The lawmaker equally urged the Lagos State House of Assembly to urgently rescue the situation to avoid unexpected flooding and spread of diseases.

“There is the need for these leaders to as a matter of urgency assist in clearing the ‘System 5’ drain.

“This drain travels from Onilegogoro in the Surulere area through Gasikiya Road in Apapa Iganmu and leads to the drain by Government Press in Ajeromi Local Government area.

“It will be appreciated if the drain is cleared during this raining season to stem incidences of flooding and mitigate polio-related ailments now that we propagate preventive health care,” Egberongbe said.

He said that his decision to call on Sanwo-Olu, Gbajabiamila and the Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, was because of their zeal and passion for humanity and development of the state.

According to him, it is necessary to prevent what can later become an emergency.

Egberongbe urged Gbajabiamila to call on the federal agencies to partner with the Lagos State Government to immediately clear the drain as well as others in such condition across the state.

He also called for the reactivation of the railway system in Apapa to ease movement of goods from the port to other parts of the country.

The lawmaker said that this had become imperative as part of measures to resolve the gridlock around the area.

He, however, urged port operators to engage the use of modern cargo tracking equipment and scanners for effective operations.