Lagos state to experience 240-day rainfall - Official

Lagos state to experience 240-day rainfall - Official

- Lagos state is likely going to experience 240 to 270 days rain in the year 2020

- This was revealed by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency recently

- The Lagos state government through its environment commissioner says it is ready for the likely consequences of the rain

The commissioner for environment and water resources in Lagos state, Tunji Bello has urged residents of Lagos state to prepare for likely consequences of 240 to 270 days rain.

Bello, a former secretary to the Lagos state government, said the rainfall is likely to begin on Thursday, March 19 and end on Sunday, November 22.

The commissioner made the disclosure while speaking to journalists on Tuesday, March 10.

He said it is necessary to inform Lagosians about the 2020 rainfall prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

The commissioner disclosed that the predictions of the agency were valuable, as vital weather and early warning tools for planners, decision-makers and operators of the various sectors and businesses that might be impacted by the annual rainfall if not well managed.

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“Seasonal Rainfall Prediction is to allay fears of residents and prepare them ahead for the likely consequences of the rain,” Bello told reporters.

Lagosians have been reacting on social media:

Oloye Joe wrote: This is going to be serious. The government only have 9days window to repair roads that are terrible state.

Olusola Jacobs asked: How proactive is the Sanwoolu administration to curb the looming disasters accrued to such episodic downpour????

Melvis wrote: The ministry of health and environment should make preparation for these obstacles and which is about to face Lagos. The state government should ensure drainages are well kept clean and constructions of new drainages will help reduce the damages and loss of lives.

Tosin Akinola wrote: The government should now begin to aggressively clear all drainage system.

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Meanwhile, to bridge the gap faced by many Nigerians in accessing portable water, the federal government has presented a water use license to northsouth Gurara.

The minister of water resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the license would ensure effective opportunity to develop, operate and maintain various projects in a sustainable manner, especially the provision of potable water.

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