Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says flooding caused by torrential rainfalls in the State within the last few days would soon be a thing of the past, as the State Government is working on holistic plans to address the problem.
The Governor, speaking on Monday at a sensitization workshop on water management and environmental control held at Ikeja which is a prelude to a Water Technology and Environmental Control (WATEC) exhibition holding in Israel later in the year, said aside the fact that the issue of flooding was not peculiar to the State or Nigeria as it was a global phenomenon, urgent steps are being taken to tackle the challenge in a holistic manner and protect the State from future re-occurrence.
He empathized with people who lost properties to the flood, saying that it was painful to see most prime estates flooded with water, roads taken over by floods, while many homesteads literally became pools.
Ambode, however, acknowledged there is urgent need to review and reengineer canals and drainage systems in Lagos, adding that it must be pursued hand-in-hand with a clear and crystal re-envisioning of water management system.
The Governor said despite the fact that the State had been denied ecological funds by the previous federal government for political reasons, several reforms were being implemented in line with the capacity of the State Government to protect the shoreline and carry out de-flooding.