Lagos Assembly Summons Commissioner For Environment Over Massive Flooding

The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday summoned the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Adejare, to appear before it on Tuesday in respect of the massive flooding on last week Saturday.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the flood had affected major parts of the state, especially Lekki, Victoria Island, Ajah, Ikoyi and Lagos Island, which experts attributed to a torrential rainfall. The House, however, said that it had become necessary for the commissioner and his team to brief the House on efforts the ministry was making towards addressing the problem. The resolution followed a motion that was against flooding in the state, after being co-sponsored by 10 other lawmakers.The motion moved by a Lawmaker, saw the summary and analysis caused by the rain’s havoc in many states and also the over flagrant disregard to environmental and physical planning laws and guidelines in the state. The lawmaker also said that the illegal construction, improper disposal of solid waste in canals/gutters and reclamation of wetlands if not urgently checked would continue to cause flooding.While other lawmakers took turns to support the motion, the Speaker of the House, also expressed concern and directed the Clerk of the House, to write and invite the commissioner and his team. The House will continue its plenary today.

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