THE Lagos State Ministry of the Environment has developed a drainage master plan as part of proactive measures to tackle the menace of flooding in the entire state.
The plan is in partnership with Dar Al-Handasah Consultants.
Ade Oluyemi, a senior official in the Office of Drainage Services, stated that the government embarked on the project to eliminate flooding in the state, especially with global climate change and its ravaging impact being witnessed across the globe.
He noted that this was also important in view of the fact that heavy rainfalls being witnessed in recent times indicate a strong possibility that some areas in the state may be submerged by flood if drastic measures were not put in place.
Oluyemi disclosed that the last time such a project was carried out in any part of the state was in 1974 in the Lagos Mainland, adding that the public presentation presents an opportunity for members of the public to make input into the document before.
He explained that flooding and drainage ability of a wetland such as Lagos State would always be a challenge for any State Government.
“Hence the need for a well planned storm water drainage system to eliminate flooding and improve the efficiency of the land use,” said Oluyemi.