Lagos Partners Israel To Combat Flooding
Executive Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has announced plans to partner with the State of Israel, to combat the perennial flooding in Nigeria’s commercial capital City.
Ambode made this known at a Water Technology and Environmental Control Sensitisation Workshop.
“We have witnessed torrential rains which are quite unprecedented, we have witnessed our most prime estates flooded with water, we have seen our roads taken over by floods, and we have painfully watched how many homesteads have literally become pools.”
“These are trying times for any government, especially our own administration which has determinedly pursued massive infrastructural development to improve standards of living of our citizenry; however, if we have learnt anything in the on-going flooding of some parts of the State, it is that there is an immediate, even urgent need for us to embark on a review and reengineering of our canals and drainage systems, this must be pursued hand-in-hand with a clear and crystal re-envisioning of our water management system,” he added.
The Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Guy Feldman in a presentation, described the State of Israel with an 8.6 million population and 60 percent desert land, as a water-saving society.
In the words of Mr Feldman, “Despite the fact that Israel has a 45 percent water shortage annually, the country now boasts of the largest desalination plant in the world.”
86 percent of Israel’s water is reused while 80 percent of its agriculture depends on irrigation.