LASEMA appeals to Lagos residents to clear drainage channels


Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osayintolu, Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), has appealed to Lagos residents to clear the drainage system in front of their houses to prevent flooding in the state.

Oke-Osanyintolu, speaking in Lagos noted that blocked drainage channel was a major challenge that causes flooding in the state.

He said all local government chairmen in the state should ensure continuous awareness campaign for the citizenry on the importance of clean drainage system.

We have some grey areas that we need to improve on; such as cleaning of drainage channels.

“We must ensure that each house cleans its drainage channel and we are appealing to Lagos residents to always clean and clear the drains in front of their houses.

“The primary, secondary and tertiary drainage systems have been improved upon by desalting and clearing of canals by the state government.

“We are appealing to residents to clear the drain in front of their houses to prevent flooding,’’ he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the emergency team would be visiting all local government councils to see how prepared they are for flooding and emergency situation.

All chairmen are members of the Local Emergency Management Committee, while the chairman is the incident commander in the local government.”

The director-general gave an assurance that the agency under the administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was adequately prepared to handle any flood problem in the state.