Some parts of Lagos metropolis on Sunday, January 22, recorded the first rainfall in the year 2023.
The rain fell around Lawanson in Surulere, Apapa Road, Costain and Oyingbo areas of Lagos.
The morning rain, which did not last more than 30 minutes, varied in intensity in the the different areas mentioned.
The rain only drizzled around Ijegun, along the Jakande/Isolo area of Lagos. However, the drizzle was enough to reduce the dust on the road.
Some residents of these areas who expressed delight but urged that measures be put in place by government and residents to prevent floods.
They also hoped the coming of the rain would help to ease the heat experienced at night as well as make for improved yields in the year’s agricultural season.
A civil servant, Mrs Joy Obinnu, said that the rain, which started about 10:00 a.m, fell for 20 minutes consistently in Lawanson.
Obinnu said that young boys were seen playing football under the rain in excitement.
She expressed the hope that the rain would reduce the prevailing heat being experienced in the neighborhood and usher cool nights.
Some other residents of Lagos State wished that the rain could fall more than it did on Sunday to reduce the heat being experienced which, according to them, has been made worse by epileptic power supply and fuel scarcity.
Mr Akin Obasa, an agriculturist, said the rain should be a reminder for farmers to start preparing for the farming season.
He, however, said they should still wait a while for the rain to be a bit more consistent before they start cultivating.
“Farmers should not rush to the farm to start planting but they can start making preparations for the new planting season.”
Mr David Ola, a geography teacher, urged the government to prepare for the rainy season so as not to be caught unawares when heavy rain comes.
According to him, the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Works and all other relevant agencies should ensure that canals, gutters, drainage channels and roads cleared of waste and silt.
Ola also cautioned residents against removing silt from gutters and leaving them on the roadsides only for rains or waters to wash them back into where they were evacuated from.
Dr Linda Ibe advised residents to observe precautionary measures to avert ailments usually associated with the rainy season.
According to her, the ailments included cold, malaria, typhoid fever, diarrhoea, cholera, Hepatitis A and conjunctivitis. ·
“This is the season when contagious diseases are on the increase.
“The common diseases associated with the season include malaria, typhoid fever, cold , cholera, diarrhoea, Hepatitis A, among others.
“Unfortunately, children and the aged are most vulnerable to these diseases.
“Many drain channels are going to be filled with stagnant water due to inadequate waste management.
“Most gutters in Lagos do not flow. They contain stagnant water. So, residents should not litter the environment and gutters so as to avoid flooding.
“Grasses around the homes and environment should be cut. Empty and useless cans and containers should be thrown away to avoid breeding mosquitoes, reptiles and rodents.
“Parents are advised to take good care of their children and also keep them covered from cold.
“All residents should keep their environment clean and safe and in addition, keep themselves healthy,” Otti advised.
By Fabian Ekeruche