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Lagos saves 10.8m residents from flooding

15 April 2013, 15:31

Lagos - The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, said on Monday that government had saved over 10.8 million residents from becoming homeless through its environmental sanitation and flood-reduction activities.

This was contained in a statement signed by Bello which was made available to newsmen in Lagos.

The statement added that the flood reduction efforts had also created over 18 000 employment opportunities in the last three years.

It said said that in spite of global climatic challenges last year, the state was least affected due to massive maintenance of its drains and channels.

The statement said that in preparation for this year’s rainy season, the Ministry had commenced the inspection of the ongoing dredging of canals in all the local government areas of the state.

``What we can promise our residents is to reduce, to the barest minimum, the incidence of flooding in Lagos State.

``We in the Ministry of the Environment are ready and more than ever committed to strengthening our drains and canals to absorb more water, `` it said.

The statement, however, urged residents to report cases of blockages, dumping of waste into canals and drains and other unauthorised places.



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