Of floods, government policies and peoples’ attitude

Without a doubt, flooding is a natural occurrence, especially during the rainy season. However, floods are becoming more destructive due to governments’ fallibility and the attitude of the governed.

Across the country, state governments have made laws to properly regulate building construction, drainages, waterways, refuse disposal and other environmental matters.

The essence of the laws is to ensure that the menace of floods and other natural occurrences in the environment are checked and their effects minimised, if not totally averted.

Over the years, people have flouted environmental laws with impunity, especially in the construction of houses, bridges, drainages and other structures.

This is made possible through the collaboration of some corrupt government officials and influence peddlers, who compromised the rules in exchange for mammon while discharging their duties.

It is for this reason that people are allowed to build houses, shops and other structures on drainage, waterways, especially in Lagos and other cities only for government to turn around and blame them for blocking drainages.

This development has given several Nigerians the leeway to continue to flout building regulations while others go unpunished, thereby creating environmental problem like flooding, which has become a recurring decimal in the country presently.

Consequently, whenever floods occur, government at all levels and the people continue to pass the buck, without taking corrective measures to tackle it to avert a future occurrence.

Having known that government is not serious in implementing its environmental laws, the people no longer bother how they degrade the master plan of cities and their environment.

It is observed that the impunity, which is now at its peak, has continued to rise, especially when it comes to waste disposal.

While some people are not willing to pay for their waste disposal, others believe it is government’s responsibility to do so on the gratis.

However, government in its bid to save cost in line with international best practices, has monetised the process by contracting it out to private sector operators.

Even so, the people and the service providers are not on the same page, thereby making some residents to dump their refuse in the waterways, drainages and on the roads, a development that has often caused over flooding as being witnessed in some states across the country.

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