Lagos State government, yesterday, said plans had been concluded to utilize N700 million of the fund for the construction of resettlement housing scheme for flood victims.
However, the government had warned residents of Mile 12, Agiliti, Isheri North, Owode-Onirin, Ikorodu, Majidun, Ajegunle and Agiliti, all within the water path, face imminent disaster, if they fail to relocate. The communities were flooded last year.
Heavy downpour is taking its toll on Lagos communities, especially the coastal ones. Already many residents have been sacked from their homes. Houses have been submerged in Owode-Elede, Owode-Onirin, Ajegunle, Omologede, Agiliti and other flood-prone communities on the Ikorodu Road, Lagos.
Mr. Tunji Bello, Commissioner for the Environment, disclosed the state government’s plan when he led his Special Duties counterpart, Dr. Wale Ahmed and General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Mr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu on an inspection of the flooded areas in Ajegunle.
President Goodluck Jonathan had earlier promised to release Ecology Fund to fight perennial flood as a result of Ogun-Oyo River overflow in Ajegunle area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Reacting to a rumor that the state government had spent the Ecology Fund on re-election bid of Governor Babatunde Fashola, Bello said, “I can tell you that the fund is intact in a dedicated account. The state government reserved the fund to be used for construction of housing scheme at Agbowa, for Internally Displaced People, IDP in the state.”
He explained that what caused the initial delay on the project was the task of finding and allocation of land, “I can assure you that between now and January 2012, work will commence on the housing scheme.”