The governments of Lagos and Ogun states have formed a working committee to combat floods and ensure adequate water extraction in both states’ border communities.
Mr Ola Oresanya, the Special Adviser on the Environment to the Governor of Ogun State, revealed this in a statement on Sunday.
Oresanya explained that the committee was formed to ensure that water extradition from the Lagos State Water Corporation in Adiyan, Ogun State, did not have a negative impact on the surrounding communities.
“In the spirit of the existing Ogun and Lagos Joint Commission aimed at promoting both states’ development, the governments of the two states have established a working committee that would oversee effective water extraction and flood management in the border towns of the two states,” he said.
“The committee will also ensure that people do not encroach along the Right of Way which has already been conceded by Ogun State to LSWC in Adiyan for production of fresh water with the corporation improving on its corporate social responsibility to various communities around the area.
“The committee will equally plan for a joint dredging of Ogun-River and its tributaries by the Ministries of Environment of both states from both ends to prevent flooding in communities near the river.”
The Director of Production, LSWC, Mr Agiri Mustapha, said the two states have a lot in common and assure communities in and around Adiyan where the Lagos State water works is situated of more harmonious relationship and pledged the commitment of Lagos State to the dredging of Ogun River to prevent flooding.