Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has delivered a stern message against the reckless dumping of refuse, particularly in drainages.
His declaration came during a press briefing held at the 2023 Onboarding Retreat Programme, a gathering of Members of the State Executive Council, the Body of Permanent Secretaries, and Heads of select Agencies and Parastatals.
The retreat took place in Epe. Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized the gravity of the issue, highlighting its contribution to flooding within the state. He expressed deep concern over homes being submerged during heavy rains and urged residents to prepare for the upcoming rainy season.
The governor noted that prior warnings had been issued regarding late and heavy rains. Therefore, he called on residents to adjust their lifestyles, especially by refraining from dumping refuse in drainages.
He also said that everyone knows too well, and notices have been given of late rains, heavy rains, and it is that time of the year where nature cannot be controlled. It will rain, so nothing can be done about it especially at this time.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also addressed the issue of flooding and deteriorating road conditions in areas such as Ikotun and Igando within Alimosho Local Government Area and various parts of Lagos State.
He assured residents of swift government intervention and sought media support in tackling flood-related challenges. He also mentioned that Part of our take away from the retreat is the level of zero tolerance that we are taking out of here.
The Commissioners, Special Advisers, and Permanent Secretaries have all been empowered to go out there and do the right thing.The Lagos State Governor's declaration of zero tolerance for indiscriminate refuse dumping is a significant step towards addressing flooding concerns and ensuring the safety of residents. Governor Sanwo-Olu has urged the media and the public to support these efforts for a cleaner, safer, and more secure Lagos.