Flooding has been one of the major issues in Nigeria especially the city of Lagos. One factor causing flooding and water erosion in Lagos is Bad Drainage.
According to the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Drainage and Water Resources Joe Igbokwe, Lagos has spent billions building hundreds of drainage channels across the Metropolis but bad behavior, ignorance, impunity, unseriousness, etc have continued to be an impediment for flood free Lagos even though Lagos is a Coastal City.
Below is what we do and we are all responsible.
Lagosians are yet to form the habit of proper and acceptable way refuse disposable in a dynamic and overpopulated city of Lagos. Too many the drains are where to dump refuse.
In the course of monitoring our Tertiary, Secondary and Primary Channels we have discovered to our utmost dismay that the setbacks have been converted to residential quarters, Stores, mechanic workshops Churches etc.
Tenements discharge human waste into the drains.
Buildings have been used to block some critical waters channels across the metropolis. The flooding in Ikorodu, Ogombo, Alaba International Market, Agege etc can be traced to these infractions.
Heavy Dredging and sand filling in our waterfronts is raising the level of the waterfronts such that floods will not discharge into the Lagoon, causing it to flow back.
We are yet to come to terms with what to do with plastics waste. It is now a huge problem in Lagos. They are blocking channels almost everywhere in Lagos. We to redouble our efforts to find a way to deal with this scourge.
Activities of land grabbers are not helping matters. Every available space and even wetlands are converted to housing estates.
In other Climes everything is almost put in place in new residential areas ie drains, markets, schools , churches, water, gas pipes, streets, power cables etc before the tenements move in. Here the tenements move in first.
There is also this inability for Lagosians to take charge of their immediate environment. It is their duty to do so. Take responsibility, protect your drains.
Tenements with full dose of Western Education have used concrete slabs to the cover the drains over a long stretch thereby making practically difficult if not impossible to access the drains for periodic cleaning and evacuation of waste. We noticed this infringements in highbrow areas like Lekki, Victoria Island, Ikeja, Gbagada etc.