The Lagos State Government, yesterday, said it had concluded preparation to have its own network of weather stations to closely monitor the climate in the state as well as increase its preparedness for weather-related issues.
Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, who stated this during a briefing on the year 2021 Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP) at Alausa, informed residents that the state would experience normal rainfall of between 238-261 days this year.
Bello, however, says that adequate measures were in place to contain any eventuality.
He maintains that the state government will ensure a flood-free and hygienic environment during the season.
Adding that the state had concluded preparation to have its own network of weather stations to closely monitor the climate
According to him, Ikeja is expecting to experience about 261 days of rainfall with a total amount of 1,392m
Bello, however, says that measures were in place to contain any eventuality as 1,747mm Maximum Annual Rainfall for 2021 prediction.
The commissioner reiterates the state collaboration with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) also in downscaling the predictions to all stakeholders.
“Lagos Island is to have a rainfall onset date of 6th April, while its cessation date postulates 30th November
Lagos to experience 261-day rainfall.
Apparently Lagos Island would have about 238 days of rainfall and about 1,627mm of rainfall this year.
“We are however preparing to experience days with extremely high rainfall amounts which may result in flooding,” he stated.
Bello says (EFAG) are consistently de-silting various linkages to the channels to enable discharge efficiently and act as retention basins.
He said to forestall the incidences of the collapse of telecommunication masts, occasioned by the high velocity of the wind, expected during the onset and cessation of every rainfall, Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) had been put on the alert to ensure advertising and communication agencies comply with regulations on the safety of billboards and telecommunication masts.
Special Adviser on Drainage Services and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe, disclosed that the government planned to dredge about 221 collector drains, 32 primary channels measuring about 72km spread across the 20 local government areas of the state to checkmate flooding.
Adding that the Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) would also be de-silting various tertiary channels and manhole across the state.
Lagos to experience 261-day rainfall
By Onome F.E