As part of preparation towards the rainy season and attendant flooding, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has handed over the second batch of 19 high capacity drainage equipment and vehicles to the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang, EFAG, for improved capacity.
The drainage maintenance equipments comprised of two (2) Loader Black Hoe Model, One (1) Low Loader Trailer , One (1) Track Loader, Four (4) Wheel Pick up, Five (5) Tipper Truck, Two (2) Light Cargo Truck, One (1) Low Bed Horse One (1) Crane Truck as well as Two (2) Floodlights
In his remarks during the ceremony at the EFAG Yard in Oregun, Governor Sanwo-Olu who was represented by Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello said never again will Lagos be branded as a flood ravaged city.
He stressed that the State Government would always be a step ahead in terms of its preparations for the rainy season and the aftermath because of the nature of Lagos as a coastal city.
The Governor said his administration would consciously continue to position the Office of Drainage Services to perform its statutory roles pointing out that the equipments would be evenly deployed to every part of lagos, while more would also be procured in due course
He explained that the complaints of non removal of silts from drains in quick times has been addressed with the new tipping trucks amongst the equipment.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr Joe Igbokwe said government is aware of its responsibility to evolve strategic methods that will improve the environment and guarantee that the State is flood free and beautiful for residents.
He added that this feat can only be achieved through sustainable cleaning of all drainage channels in the state.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Mr. Lekan Shodeinde said the Ministry is confident that the injection of the new set of equipments would improve efficiency in providing all-year-round drainage maintenance for effective and efficient flood management in the State.
The Permanent Secretary said the first batch of equipments were procured in 2019 and had since been put into use adding that the second batch being commissioned will also be used to compliment existing ones.