By Omolara Adasofunjo

The State House of Assembly has passed a resolution seeking urgent need for effective flood control across the state to save the lives and properties of the people.

The State lawmakers passed the resolution following a debate, after which the  motion converting the debate into House resolution was move by the Majority Leader, Mr Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by mr Yusuf Amosun and supported by a unanimous voice vote by all the lawmakers.

Earlier, opening the debate on the house resolution, Mr Folawewo Salami said that there was need for the residents of the state, the State Ministry of Environment, and the 20 Local Government Councils to take proactive measures for effective flood control across the state. 

Mr Salami noted that it had become imperative in the light of the 2024 weather forecast by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NIMET, which predicted significant rain and coastal flooding due to rising sea levels.

He however called on the State Government to ensure that all residents, commercial centres, and companies take proactive measures in maintaining and dredging their respective tertiary drainage channels according to the specifications provided by the State Ministry of Environment. 

Others who took turn to contribute including the Majority Leader, Mr Yusuf Sheriff, Minority Leader, Mr Lukman Adeleye, Deputy Chief Whip, Mr Babatunde Tella, Mr Adeyanju Adegoke and Mr Segun Kaka stressed the need for the Ministry of Physical Planning to always enforce compliance to approval for construction of drainage and necessary set back away from water channels before property developers begin construction.

In his response, the Speaker, Mr Oludaisi Elemide who called on the Physical Planning Ministry to synergize with its Environment counterpart to supervise, desilting and clearing of drainage and waterways, and also advised people of the state to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse; while counselling property developers to avoid erecting structures below the water level.

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