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FLOODS IN LAGOS STATE CAUSED BY POOR DRAINAGE
Environmental Campaign for Filth-Free Drainage

Lagos State government under the aegis of Clean Up Nigeria (CUN) in conjunction with United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the state's Ministry of oceanography has put up plans on how to tackle the perennial flooding menace in the state.

At a press conference marking the public outreach campaign on the blockage of drainage across the state, Chairman of the group, Prince Ene Baba Owoh explained that the move to rid Lagos of its seemingly intractable flooding problem had become imperative following the embarrassment it has brought to the state on so many occasions.

Owoh described the campaign as the first phase of the project. He maintained that the outreach was meant to create awareness among the people on the need to preserve the environment. The programme, he said would commence in Victoria Island where there are more cases of flooding.

While attributing the flooding to blockage of the drainage as a result of people turning in all sorts of waste, the group's Chairman appealed to Lagosians to join hands in painting the image of the state in good light because whatever is seen of the environment would certainly be said of the image of the society itself.

He enjoined the people of Lagos to cultivate the habit of making a filth free environment and drop the mentality of indiscriminate disposal of waste in the drainage system which he argued was largely responsible for the blockages and by extension, the flooding in different parts of Lagos.

Even if the state can not invest funds in arresting ocean surge for now, a little efforts is needed to curtail flooding, which he described as a threat to both people and the environment.

Owoh thanked the UNESCO as an organization for always partaking in programmes that have human face. He informed that UNESCO has been a sort of inspiration to the take off of the programme and has committed so much resources in order to ensure that the exercise does not die at moribund.

While responding, the representative of UNESCO. Hubert Charles enjoined Lagosians to be partakers of the exercise and admit it as a personal thing to them. He said it did not matter whether the people understood what is good, but carrying it out makes more meaning and tells more about such people.

He assured that UNESCO would not mind investing in laudable programmes that would not only beautify the environment, but paint a good picture of the people and their society outside their home country. He therefore called on all residents of Lagos to deem it fit to be part of the on-going exercise to rid the state of flood.
    
    
    

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