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Stop channeling drains to roads - FERMA

23 March 2013, 15:18

Lagos - The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has warned Lagos residents to desist from channeling drains from their houses to the roads. Oladipo Fagbamila, a zonal Coordinator in South West, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday that FERMA had been blocking such drainage channels to protect the roads.

He said that tax payers’ money was used for constructing and maintaining the roads, advising that residents should ensure that the roads were not abused.

According to him, such surface water from drainage diversions damages the asphalt and spoils the roads.

"People should endeavour to construct their run-off to flow into existing drainage channels that are on ground and not the other way round.

"We expect people to be law abiding to do the right thing and not to spoil what government is using tax payers’ money to do,’’ he cautioned.

Fagbamila said FERMA had started to open up and clean major drainage channels in the state because of the advent of the rainy season.

"We are appealing to the public to stop dumping refuse into these channels because when they are dropping debris there, it would block the drains,’’ he said.

He said that the agency was also opening up and cleaning manholes, where workers could climb to remove debris and silt in the drains.

He, however, noted that 12 manholes on Eko Bridge had been stolen, assuring the public that the agency was working on replacing them.



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