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“Hard work and diligence will continue to be rewarded”– LASG

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The Lagos State Government (LASG) reiterated its commitment to rewarding hard work and devotion on Thursday when it presented cash prizes to members of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) who have distinguished themselves.

Commissioner for the Environment Tunji Bello said the event, which also served as an end of the year celebration for the workers at the Ministry of the Environment Quadrangle in Alausa, was about motivating the operators to do more.

Throughout the year, he added, the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) was in charge of cleaning many secondary and principal drains as well as black spots in all 57 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the state.

He went on to say that they serve as the State Government’s quick reaction unit, assisting in the rapid clearing of multiple clogged drains of waste and silt.

In his words: “Without your immense contributions to deflooding our drains and cleaning the environment, we would not have achieved the level of success we have recorded especially in deflooding and this is the reason why the State Government would continually support your efforts”.

He stated that EFAG is the environment ministry’s pride and that their impact is recognized and appreciated by Lagosians all across the city.

The Commissioner also stated that the State Government was working on a better welfare package for the EFAG team and that more incentives would be provided in due time.

Earlier in his remarks, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, applauded the EFAG team for their efforts to make Lagos flood-free.

He noted that the Sanwo-Olu Administration is committed to preventing the loss of life and property caused by flooding, which is why the government has continued to provide assistance.

Igbokwe advised the EFAG team to always wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that had been issued to them because it would protect them while on duty and prevent them from contracting any diseases.

Cleaning of canals, manholes, and secondary channels in all 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs across the state helps water flow naturally, he said, stressing that the government will not fail to fulfil its obligations of providing a flood-free and clean environment.

“The State government would continue to support you, we would continue to raise the bars and defend you. I will like to appeal to you to continue the good work and this is a push for you to do more” Igbokwe said

He urged locals to support EFAG’s efforts by monitoring canals and channels in their neighbourhoods and refraining from putting  trash into canals indiscriminately in order to ensure that Lagos remains flood-free.

Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde, Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, also described the efforts of the EFAG team as a tremendous intervention, stating that the Office of Drainage and Water Resources’ accomplishments would be incomplete without acknowledging the EFAG team.

“The EFAG Gang has carried out routine maintenance, cleaning and emergency deflooding interventions on both primary and secondary drains all over the State in the last two years” he disclosed.

The EFAG men were also admonished by the Permanent Secretary to be ambassadors for the Ministry in their respective neighbourhoods and preach the gospel of a clean environment, adding that they are the first point of contact with the people at the grassroots.

The awarding of cash awards for the four quarters of 2021 to operatives who stood out on a local government by local government basis was one of the highlights of the occasion.

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