Tunji Bello, Commissioner for the environment and water resources, has urged residents of Lagos state to prepare for a likely consequence for 240 to 270 days rain with the 2020 rainfall predicted to begin in March 19 and end November 22.
Bello made this known at a conference on the 2020 seasonal rainfall predictions and prevention of flooding in Lagos, held at the ministry’s conference room on Tuesday.
He said it is necessary to inform Lagos residents about the rainfall prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET). |Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) is to allay fears of residents and prepare them ahead for the likely consequences of the rain,” he said.
He advised residents to report cases of drainage blockages, dumping of waste into other unauthorised places. Bello said that telephone numbers of all the state drainage engineers would be available in the 57 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas of the state to attend to all needs before, during and after the rainy season.
He, however, appealed to the people to support government efforts by complementing the state government through regular clearing of drains in their frontages to ensure free-flow of storm water. He warned residents to desist from dumping refuse into drainage and on the roads.