PRESS STATEMENT ON LEKKI FLOOD
The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) wishes to express its sympathy for those who were victims of the floods which resulted from the rains of Saturday, 8th July, 2017 ravaging especially the Lekki area of Lagos State.
Expressing deep concern for those affected by the deluge of the rains, the National President of the Institute, Tpl. Luka Achi FNITP, said some of the pictures posted on social media indicate how severe the effects of the floods were, with living rooms of apartments being submerged. He noted that the rains are coming just as earlier predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. According to him, the predictions were meant to have geared us to taking necessary precautions to avoid flooding of buildings and apartments. The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) is of the opinion that the effect of the flooding could have been minimized if necessary steps were taken, and local campaigns undertaken to ensure that drains and canals are cleared and clog-free.
The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) is also aware that the Lekki subregion has an infrastructure master plan which made provisions to ensure a flood-free living environment. The President stated that it is time for the Lagos State Government to look into that document which it paid exorbitantly to put in place, and begin to implement all strategies proposed in the report for a flood-free subregion.
He stressed that it is also important for government to warn residents to be vigilant, to be sure that doors and other openings are closely monitored to prevent their apartments from being invaded by reptiles.
The Institute further calls for the implementation of other master plans that have been prepared. In the President’s words, “It is not sufficient to prepare master plans; it is more important to implement them.” That is the key to achieving sustainable cities.
Tpl. Olugbenga Oladimeji Ashiru
National Publicity Secretary