Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu of Lagos State, On Sunday apologised to Lagosian affected by the flood caused by the heavy rain.
At least three persons were reportedly rescued on Saturday from a Lexus Jeep that was swept away by during the flood in the Oyatoki area of Agege, Lagos.
However, Igbokwe, in an open apology addressed to residents said that the government shared their pain.
He said, “We acknowledge the damage done by flood in Lagos yesterday and the losses. We apologise most sincerely for the pains and tears. We share the pains with those affected. Lagos is a coastal city that is prone to flooding. Everybody knows this. Lagos has the smallest land mass in Nigeria with 23 million Nigerians.
He, however, lamented over the fact that Lagosians were building houses on some lands that were meant to contain floods.
“It (Lagos) is the economic hub of Nigeria. Lagos generates more than 15,000 metric tons of refuse every day. We have low-line areas where people are not supposed to build houses but Lagosians go there to build houses.
“We have wetlands which serve as reservoirs to retain excess floods but Lagosians will defy the law and go there to build houses. To make matters worse, some Lagosians dump refuse inside our drains or canals. Some build houses on our canal setbacks making it difficult if not impossible for us to clear the drains. We need to change our habits to help us have flood-free Lagos. Lagos spends huge amount of money every year cleaning canals and aligning many of them with concretes.
“We will reduce flooding issues if we behave ourselves. Flooding is a global thing due to Climate Change. The other day, I witnessed massive flooding in Sidney, Australia. You need to see the casualties. We will continue to do our best in matters of flood management in Lagos. We are appealing to Lagosians to help us,” the statement read.