When the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, released the 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) report, many weren’t so sure of what to expect and as such were ill prepared and the results of such unpreparedness are already trickling in.
On Thursday, a four year old boy was reportedly carried away by flood, several houses and properties worth millions of naira were also reportedly destroyed by the heavy rainfall that persisted the whole day.
Western Post Correspondents who went to several parts of the state to monitor the situation observed the rapidity with which Highway sweepers with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, and PSP operators alongside Waste Collectors were working even under the continuous downpour to clear the streets and gutters of waste in order to give way for free flow of rainwater.
A highway sweepers who spoke with Western Post commended the Acting Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, for ensuring that the welfare of the sweepers are taken into high consideration.
She said the presence of sweepers across the state working despite the unfavorable weather condition only goes to show that the management of LAWMA is doing well and as such they are ready to work and support the Acting MD.
Stating that since assumption of duty, Mr. Odumboni has ensured that what is due to all sweepers’ gets to them rather than the ‘monkey dey work Bambo dey chop’ situation that was in place before now.
‘You can see that we are on ground working to clear all the waste this rain has brought. We are happy to work even under the rain because our present MD is paying attention to our needs and has not only assured us of his total support but is already providing us with all the help we need to be able to do the job,’ one of the sweeper, who identified herself as Iya Bisi said.
When our correspondent approached a PSP operator along the Ojodu Berger axis of the state, the waste collectors who wouldn’t say their names, said since the onset of the rainfall some weeks ago, they have been working round the clock to ensure that all wastes, whether from residential, commercial or those brought in by the flood are evacuated promptly to avoid blockage of the drainage system.
Fully decked in LAWMA’s Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, the waste collectors, who wouldn’t spare more time to talk to our correspondent were busy evacuating waste from the road sides and street corners.
This is just the beginning of many more days of heavy rainfall to come and it is obvious most Lagosians are not prepared for the days ahead.
There is still the issue of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the roads and into gutters which has in turn blocked major drainage systems in and around the state resulting in flooding.
The Acting MD of LAWMA, Mr. Odumboni, in a recent media briefing, had admonished residents on the need of proper waste sorting and disposal.
Odumboni said the agency is prepared for the raining season and has put all things in place to ensure timely response in case of any emergency.
He urged the people of Lagos state to cooperate with high way sweepers and Waste collectors in ensuring that the state is consistently kept clean in line with the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administrations goal.