Residents of the Lekki Peninsular, Ikoyi, V/I have pleaded to the LASG to revert to the master plan of the axis to prevent recurrent flooding.
The citizens under a coalition made the call at a news conference at the Island Heights Hotel, Victoria Island on Friday in Lagos.
Mr Segun Ladega who spoke on behalf of the coalition said that a number of issues had been identified as the reason behind the annual deluge in the area.
Ladega, who is an architect, said that a distortion of the Lekki drainage master plan and the indiscriminate sand filling of natural waterways and illegal construction of structures on drainages and canals were causes.
Others are: “The inability of the critical ministries: Environment, Waterfront, Land and Physical planning to work together have resulted in infringement and breach of environmental laws by the ministries themselves.
“Poor enforcement of environmental laws and town planning guidelines.
“The sand filling of lagoons and oceans causing coastal erosion and forcing water back to land and the inability of estate developers to improve Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) reports are the root causes of the perennial flooding.’’
He subsequently implored the government to resolve the issues as they were not the result of the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and climate change.
“Lagos State Government should enforce the original drainage master plan. All distortions on the drainage master plan should be reversed.
“And all construction hindering the flow of water of water be removed immediately and there should be a restoration of all developments to comply with the Lagos State Environmental laws.
“As tax paying citizens of Lagos State, we ask the government to stop all sand filling activities across the state until the EIA reports are made available, ’’he added.
Ladega also emphasised the need for the government to enforce an emergency plan that would address the persistent flooding and attend to the needs of residents affected by the flooding.
“Adequate measures must be put in place to inform the public of the emergency plan that will also inform them about the dangers.
“A plan for the rescue of anyone affected, relocation of those whose properties are affected in case of another flood,’’ the coalition spokesman said.
He lamented the damage to infrastructure in the concerned areas, including household utensils and vehicles due to the flooding runs into over a billion Naira.
“The concerned citizens of Lekki Peninsular, Ikoyi and Victoria Island hope that government will act on the issues raised to save lives and properties in the axis,’’ he said.
Source: ( PM News )
Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has stated that contrary to popular belief, the federal government has not completely removed petrol subsidy.
Speaking on Channels’ Politics Today, the minister said: “We are still trying to manage this bumpy start. We have not been able to get to that 100 percent removal of subsidy from the foreign exchange end.
“If we were to take it out completely and allow people to access foreign exchange from the parallel market and allow people to import the product, the price of the pump will even be more.
“The Federal Government, knowing the impact it will have on the people, decided that they are still going to manage this situation.”
Speaking on the importation of petrol from Niger, the Minister expressed that the importation of fuel from the Niger Republic is not something Nigerians should be embarrassed about.
He expressed that Nigerians should be proud that the Federal Government is set to resume the importation of petroleum products from its neighbour.
‘Your Report On Lekki Capable Of Setting Nigeria On Fire’ — Lai Writes CNN
JustLai MohammedMinister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has expressed that the CNN report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting of October 20 2020 is capable of setting the country on fire.
Recall that CNN had published an investigative report titled, ‘How a bloody night of bullets and brutality quashed a young protest movement in Nigeria,’ claiming soldiers fired live ammunition directly at protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
But Nigeria’s Minister for Information denied the report of the US-based cable television, calling for a sanction on CNN over the report, adding that the report on the Lekki tollgate incident was highly irresponsible.
Reacting in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, CNN maintained that it stood by its earlier report on the Lekki tollgate incident.
In a petition dated November 23 and addressed to Mr. Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the federal government demanded “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.”
Lai Mohammed, who signed the petition, said if the US-based media organisation failed to carry out its demand, the Nigerian government will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the End SARS crisis.
Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has apologised to Nigerians for the breakdown at the Abuja-Kaduna railway which occurred between November 18 and November 20.
The former Governor of Rivers State stated this at the Moniya rail station on Monday while inspecting the ongoing rail project in Ibadan.
Amaechi pointed out that the Chinese have been called to attend to the problem as the federal government does not expect any mechanical fault at this early stage.
Ameachi said, “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.”
“We now have new locomotives, and we’ve called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.”
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians, and I’ve instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.”
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