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Lagos plans early completion of Lekki drainage projects

Published by Guardian on Mon, 29 Apr 2013

DETERMINED to ensure the state, particularly the Lekki corridor is free from flooding, the Lagos State Government has called on all contractors handling drainage projects within the neighborhood and Eti-Osa Local Council Area, to speed up their works before the commencement of heavy rainfall.So far, four major channels, namely: Lekki-Ikota, Osapa Lagoon, SPAR channel, Lekki among others, have works ongoing in them.However, apart from appeal to the contractors, Lagos government, piqued by the seeming slow pace at which the federal government is going about the execution of Lekki-Phase 11- Ikota River drainage project, there is an indication that Lagos would take over the project.Expressing fear of possible non-completion of the 1,780metre drainage during the inspection tour of his ministry to Lekki, last week, the Commissioner for Environment inLagos, Mr. Tunji Bello, while admitting that Lagos is aware of the federal government initiative, bemoaned the pace at which the project is being pursued.According to him, drainage facility is a network that connects each other, noting that with the way the Lekki Phase 11-Ikota River is being handled, there is possibility of creating flooding problem in the area.His view was predicated on the fact that progress is being recorded in other areas that share the same alignment with the Ikota River project in a faster momentum, believing that efforts at other ends would be meaningless without its completion.He said: 'In view of the presence of rain, we would have no alternative than to take over this project, because without its completion, our efforts in Lekki Phase 11-Ikota would be meaningless. The rate at which this project is being handled by the federal government is not acceptable, because we want to ensure the facilities are aligned to each other for the free flow of water to their outlets.'The ongoing projects in the axis include the concrete lining of Agungi Channel in Eti-Osa Local Government Area, being handled by Messrs Mercury Bond Engineering Company.The project is of two sections, namely: Hydraulic and Trapezoidal sections. The hydraulic section is 1,540 metres length, with varied width and 1.3metres in depth, while the Trapezoidal section is 1,240 long, 11.0 metres long and 14 metres deep.The channel on completion is meant to de-flood Agungi and Ajiran communities, part of Osapa West and part of Lekki-Epe Expressway.Handling the construction of Osapa-Lagoon Trapezoidal channel project is being Messrs Bullrun Resources Limited. The project is of hydraulic section of 2,400 metres long, 9 metres wide, 15 metres top wide and 1.5 metres deep.The project on completion is to serve Maiyegun, Osapa, Igbokusu, Gbara, Ilasan and the immediate environs.While expressing satisfaction on the performance of the contractors handling the projects, Bello urged them to ensure the completion of their portions on schedule. 'We don't want to give chances, we must complete these projects before the rain gather momentum', said the Commissioner.However, in view of the traffic problem along the Lekki axis, occasioned by the expansion being witnessed in the area, officials revealed that government is working arduously to ensure the take off of the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge.'However, prior to the commencement of the project that may take off within the next 12 months, other things being equal, the Admiralty-Ikoyi Link road may open to traffic within the next couple of weeks, immediately the issue of tolling is settled', said a source, who link the drainage alignment facility to the planned Fourth Mainland Bridge.The source disclosed that the master plan for the area has its drainage plans vis--vis the route that the bridge would take. 'This should be an eye opener to developers who as a matter of necessity, need to ensure that they check from relevant agencies if their properties fall within the areas that are earmarked for drainage and the bridge.
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