Lekki residents rally to tackle flooding

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The Lekki Estate Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) says efforts to reduce the flooding situation in the area were ongoing ahead of the September-October rain projections.

LERSA President, James Emadoye, also called for the completion of the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

“Lagos generally is below sea level. Lekki which is a large area is very close to the sea shore, so we have to do all we can to ensure we have a good environment.

“We have done a lot of work among various estates to ensure the rains does not wash us away and we expect a better situation than what we had earlier in the year.

“We are also in collaboration with the state government to ensure most of the drains are cleared as it has already been projected that we are expected to have heavy downpour this September.

“We implore residents to inform the association of blocked drainages around their localities for speedy actions,’’ he said.

Infrastructural Intervention

In a plea to ease the sufferings of commuters along the Lekki-Epe axis, Emadoye urged the government to resume its efforts at ensuring the completion of the tolled Lekki-Epe Expressway.

He also called for the creation of an alternative route due to the level of economic development and activities the location is currently experiencing.

The road is a major problem for those who live in lekki as it is the only road that leads people into the axis.

“Should anything like a major accident happen on the road, residents are then cut off from the rest of Lagos metropolis.

“People at this end are really suffering and when there is downpour, it takes about three hours to move from Abraham Adesanya to Sangotedo or further to Abijo Crown Estate.

“We therefore plead with the state government to resume work immediately in order to justify the toll being collected for over 12 years and bring succour to residents,” Emadoye said.

He noted the readiness of the association and residents to cooperate with the government in ensuring the progress in the state.