Weeds, debris clog Ladipo canal
THE dreadful prediction for heavy rains and attendant floods this year by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment notwithstanding; and the advice to Lagosians to take appropriate measures to ensure that drains around their homes are well cleaned and maintained to allow for easy flow of storm waters so as to prevent flooding and the breeding of mosquitoes (malaria causing parasite), the Ladipo canal that is a major drainage channel in the mainland has been overgrown with bulrushes, maize and pawpaw trees.
To worsen the state of the place, old bottles, empty sachets of pure water and all sorts of cans are dumped into the carnal with the rings under the two bridges on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the one at Ladipo market almost filled to its edges.
Right now, instead of the water to flow, all the particles as well as the weeds have combined to block the passage and the water in the canal is stagnated, thus making the long stretch of the drainage channel to become a breeding place for mosquitoes and leeches.
With the condition of the carnal, any heavy rainfall may pose a danger to traders who have their shops along the banks of the canal as well as people living nearby.
The President, Ladipo Auto Spare parts Market, Kingsley Ogbonna, disagreed with the claim that the refuse in the place were thrown in by the traders but that they were washed by flood from elsewhere.
He added that the task of clearing the canal was beyond the traders because to clear the place requires heavy-duty equipment, which is not within the reach of the traders. He called for the assistance of the Ministry of the Environment to put the place in a decent order.
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