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Lagos State partners Israel on environmental control

Posted on July 13th, 2017

Lagos State partners Israel on environmental control

…flooding will soon be a thing of the past, says Governor Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said his administration is determined to tackle headlong the flooding issue such as the one that occurred last Saturday in the Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island areas of Lagos State by partnering with Israeli government to find a lasting solution.

The governor said plans had been in place to mitigate the flooding situation before the major incident that left the whole areas badly affected.

The statement was made at a pre-event sensitisation of an event scheduled to hold later in the year in Tel Aviv, Israel tagged Water Technology and Environmental Control (WATEC) Exhibition and Conference at the Renaissance Hotel, G.R.A Ikeja Lagos.

Governor Ambode said the sole reason for convening the event was majorly for Lagos State, as the fifth largest economy in Africa, to influence the business community and stakeholders in the state and the country through partnership that will help improve water management technology, enhance agricultural innovations as well as encourage critical participants to attend the main conference later in the year.

Ambode said, “Our government partnered Israel to develop water technology and environmental control and to explore various technological advancements available in that nation, to combat current environmental issues, such as the flooding recently experienced in the state.”

“One major lesson from the recent incident is that we must, as a matter of urgency, embark on a reappraisal of our canals and drainage systems to avoid a reoccurrence of the flooding that devastated the affected people.”

“Again, flooding, being a global phenomenon, must be approached with a holistic plan that will be sustainable for a lasting solution. This administration will spare no expense to ensure residents of the state have a safe and secure living condition.”

Speaking further at the event, organised by the Office of Overseas Affairs and investment (Lagos Global), in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Professor Ademola Abass said, “This government’s initiative is designed to bring water, environmental and agricultural experts, professionals, stakeholders and innovators together to share their experiences regarding current and future trends in the sectors and to sensitize the general public on the need to innovate on water technology”.

Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Guy Feldman, expressed his gratitude at giving his country the opportunity to partner with Lagos State to proffer a lasting solution to water management and environmental issues.

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Shileola Adama (Mrs.)

Public Affairs Officer

Lagos Global

08025309310

 

12th July, 2017

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