Above-Normal Rainfall: Lagos Gears Up, Implements Robust Control Measures

By Jemimah Wellington, JKNMedia Reporter

AS METEOROLOGICAL predictions forewarn above-normal rainfall in 2024, the Lagos State government says it has taken proactive steps to fortify its flood control infrastructure and safeguard against potential deluge-induced damages.

Environment and Water Resources Commissioner, Tokunbo Wahab, unveiled the forecast during a recent press briefing, highlighting the anticipated surge in precipitation across Lagos.

According to projections from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency’s 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction (NMA-SCP), rainfall levels are expected to exceed long-term averages, particularly in regions like Ikeja, Badagry and Ikorodu, where annual volumes could range from 1,900mm to 1, 978mm.

Commissioner said the government’s response entails a comprehensive strategy, including the year-round drainage maintenance initiatives and sustainable solid waste management systems.

Additionally, collaborative efforts with the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority aim to monitor rainfall patterns and potential risks from neighbouring states, ensuring a coordinated approach to flood prevention.

The government also stated that this initiative comes in the wake of recent flooding incidents, such as the submersion of over 151 houses across seven communities in Alimosho local government area, underscoring the imperative for preemptive action.

Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), emphasized the importance of disaster preparedness and urged residents to heed early warnings and adhere to safety protocols.

Commissioner Wahab reassured the public of the government’s commitment to mitigating flood risks, emphasizing the deployment of advanced flood early warning systems and continuous monitoring of river levels.

The collaboration with stakeholders and proactive maintenance of infrastructure underscores Lagos State’s determination to navigate the impending rainy season with resilience and preparedness.

Commissioner Wahab said that Lagos braces for potentially challenging weather patterns, the collective efforts of government agencies and active community engagement will play a pivotal role in minimizing the impact of flooding on lives and livelihoods.

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