BY DEJI OGUNSOLA
Lagos State Government has alerted residents along flood plains of major rivers and drainage channels such as Owode, Iwaya, Makoko, Badia, Ijora, Isaalu, Pota and Shibiri to move to higher grounds when the need arises.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello,while briefing newsmen on the seasonal climate predictions and socio-economic implications for Lagos State, said Lagos state is also monitoring the low-lying communities of Agiliti, Agboyi, Itowolo and Ajegunle, with the likelihood of Ogun River flooding the areas as well as other river basins.
The commissioner further said the peculiarity of Lagos as a coastal state and its strategic position as the economic hub of the nation necessitated the need to disseminate crucial information on this year’s rainfall prediction, in other to provide climate information and prepare residents ahead of the likely consequences of the rains, which will be between 238 and 261 days.
He said the state government would ensure a flood-free and hygienic environment during the rainy season.