Residents urged to take ownership of public infrastructure in Lagos

The Lagos State Government has appealed to its residents to take proper care of infrastructure provided by the government in their communities to make them more resilient for public use.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, made the call on his verified X handle on Monday, assuring residents that the state government would continue to embark on routine cleaning of drainage channels to free them up of dirt for durability, especially during the rainy season.

Wahab said, “I would like to appeal to all residents to take ownership of the public infrastructure provided by the government in their communities, ensure they protect the canals and drains from refuse dumping, and do away with encroaching on canals and drainage rights of way.

“We are cleaning up our infrastructure and making it more resilient, and this will be done continuously all year round, manually and mechanically across the state.

“As part of efforts to actualise its promise to sustain a flood-free Lagos, the Lagos State Government (@followlasg) has intensified the dredging and cleaning of major drainage channels and canals across the state.”

The commissioner further announced that he had given directives to contractors whose abandoned construction materials typically disrupt the free flow of traffic across the state to desist from doing so.

“The team also visited Ilabere Drainage Channel, off McPherson Road, Ikoyi, where I directed immediate cleaning of the channels and served abatement notices to a contractor who placed construction materials on the road, thereby disrupting the free flow of traffic.

“Also, redesigning and reconstructing the System 44 drainage channel after the removal of structures on the setback will prevent flooding in the Lekki axis when the rains commence.”

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