Ibeju Lekki Chairman Inspects Drainage Systems, Canals to Combat Flooding

In response to the heavy rains and potential flooding, kakalistiq.com reports that Hon. Abdullahi Sesan Olowa, Chairman of Ibeju Lekki Local Government, conducted an inspection tour of various canals and drainage systems within the council area alongside officials from the drainage services.

The inspection which was held on Sunday 30th July 2024, covered key sites including the military quarters at Eleko, Ayeteju en route Igando-Oloja, Elemoro, Kajola, Oribanwa, and Gbetu en route Adeba.

Hon. Sesan Olowa

At the military quarters in Eleko, Hon. Olowa observed that illegal shops erected along the expressway drainage had blocked the entrance to the community. Meanwhile, in Ayeteju, he inspected an ongoing drainage construction project. In Elemoro, commercial haulage activities were found to disrupt water flow, while the Kajola canal was overrun with hyacinth.

A major concern at Gbetu Community was the inaccessibility of the road to adjoining communities due to flooding. The state officials assured that actions would be initiated to address this issue. Last year, Hon. Olowa’s administration cleared the canal and filled the road with truckloads of stones to facilitate easier passage.

“The flooding and blocked drainages we’ve observed are alarming,” said Hon. Olowa. “This inspection is crucial to identify and address the issues causing these disruptions. We are committed to ensuring that all necessary measures are taken to mitigate flooding and improve drainage.”

Residents are urged to avoid activities that contribute to environmental degradation and support government efforts to combat flooding. “The heavy downpour this year seems much more intense,” noted Hon. Olowa. “We call on residents to take necessary precautions and cooperate with government agencies as we implement actions to mitigate flooding.”

The ongoing inspection and subsequent actions are part of the council’s commitment to improving infrastructure and ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde is a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience germinated in high school, attaining the Press Club presidency. As an iconic field reporter for 3 years, he is a writer, serial volunteer, and community cum youth development champion whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos, and Nigeria at large.

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