The Lagos State Government has sought the support and cooperation of residents of Majaro, Iwaya, Alara, and Adeshina in Lagos Mainland as work commences on System 3C and Alara /Adeshina collector drains to curb flooding in the areas.
Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, who addressed stakeholders at a meeting held at Fazil-Omar Senior High school, Iwaya, Yaba, Lagos, on the project, said flooding in Iwaya and environ had become of serious concern to the government.
Bello, who was represented by the Director, Drainage Enforcement and compliance, Mahmoud Adegbite, explained that the Majaro/Iwaya primary channel-System 3C is one of the major channels in Iwaya, Yaba LCDA in Lagos Mainland Local Government, adding that the concrete lining will effectively enhance free flow of stormwater within communities in the area.
He added that Alara /Dacosta/Adeshina collector drain is in its earth stage, stressing that the construction of the upstream and downstream would give a facelift to communities and complement rapid development of the area.
Bello stated that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration is determined to prevent further loss of lives and properties occasioned by flooding, hence the award of the contract.
He said the construction of these drainage channels would contribute to sustainable development and a quality living environment for all, adding that the cooperation of all residents was necessary to see the contract through.
According to him, “Without your robust contributions and buy-in, we cannot achieve the desired success, which explains the reason why your inputs are being sought as we commence the job”.
He urged residents to observe the going-on at the site to supervise the project and report their complaints to the ministry in case of noticed discrepancy as regards the project.
In his address, Honourable member of the State House of Assembly representing Lagos Mainland 2, Hon Olanrewaju Oshun. Lanre Oshin, appealed to residents to collaborate with the State Government on the construction of the major drainage channels in the axis.
Giving a background on the scope of the project, the Director, Drainage Construction, Dapo Ajadi said System 3C channel is a major channel in Iwaya within Yaba LCDA starting from Olu Osifeso to the confluence point Alara Onike Oko Agbon channel while the channel upstream start from Olu Osifeso street, through Igbore street, Arowolo Street, Omodunni street, Makoko Communities, and its environs and eventually discharge into the Lagos Lagoon through System 3B Alara Onike Oko Agbon Channel.