The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on residents and relevant agencies to guard against flooding as rainy season gets underway.

This call followed a motion moved on Tuesday by the member representing Epe Constituency II, Mr. Segun Olulade, on the flood that sacked residents of Poka and Imokin communities in Eredo area of Epe.

Olulade, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Health Services, while speaking on the motion, advised residents of the state to desist from disposing refuse into canals.

According to the lawmaker, “this issue of flooding is not far from building on waterways and illegal disposal of wastes. It is important for all relevant agencies to enforce all regulations to ensure protection of lives and property during this rainy season.

He also said the state Ministry of the Environment needs to redouble its efforts at ensuring functional drainages and free flow of water across the state as well as carrying out palliative measures in villages already affected by flood.

He, however, urged the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to ensure that all building constructions comply with the approved design.

Also contributing on the not, Mr. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, Chairman, Committee on the Environment said that relevant agencies needed to visit the affected areas.

Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa said government should not relent on sensitizing the residents on the repercussions of blocking waterways with wastes and illegal building.

The assembly also advised the Ministry of Information and Strategy to continue sensitizing the public on the danger of blocking the drains with indiscriminate disposal of refuse.

(Credits: Temitayo Peters)

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