Director general of the Lagos state emergency management agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu is assuring residents of Lagos that the state is prepared to accommodate persons that may be affected by flood.
The agency says it has set up a relief camp in Agbowa, a suburb in Ikorodu and its operational units are present to address whatever challenge the rains might pose to residents.
Out of the thirty six states in Nigeria, fifteen have been identified as flood prone areas thereby steering fear and uncertainty in minds of residents in these states.
Lagos, being one of the states to be severely affected has started experiencing its own fair share of the floods. Inspite of the warnings given by the Nigeria Hydrological services agency, little is being done in these communities to mitigate the impending flood.
To many, this could be unusual, but to them, it is common occurence at this time of the year. A picture peculiar to almost all the streets along the Ikorodu-owode axis of Lagos.
Even for business owners, especially those into furniture making, this period is usually challenging and less profitable. Not minding what appears as huge inconvenience, residents seem comfortable or at least, have adjusted to their realities.
They just want the government to construct drainages as preventive measures to flooding. For the Lagos state emergency management agency, the state has already set up a relief camp for residents in flood prone areas.
As commendable as this may sound, preventing the impact of flooding through government and public collaboration may remain the best and cheapest strategy.