Flood: Ogun Govt. Warns Residents To Relocate
Ogun State Government has advised residents in flood prone areas to temporarily relocate to avoid major flood disaster following the Federal government’s warning of impending flood in Ogun and other states.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun who stated this in Abeokuta, revealed that no fewer than forty communities in ten local government areas of the state were at the risk of flood.
Mr. Abudu-Balogun noted that the advice became imperative following the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET), 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction, which included Ogun as one of the states to be affected by the flood.
He noted that the advice became imperative following the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET), 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction, which included Ogun as one of the states to be affected by the flood.
The commissioner listed the local government areas to include Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Obafemi Owode, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Ado-Odo/Ota, Yewa South , Ogun Waterside and Ijebu East.
He said that the state had marked illegal structures built on waterways for demolition, adding that these structures would soon be demolished by the government.
Mr. Abudu-Balogun blamed indiscriminate dumping of refuse in water channels and building of illegal structures on waterways as the major causes of flooding and added that the government had embarked on dredging of rivers and clearing of canals across the state while asking residents of flood prone areas to relocate to safer locations as part of efforts to prevent disasters.
He disclosed that the state in the last one year had arrested and prosecuted one hundred and twenty eight offenders for indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways and other environmental offences.
The commissioner emphasized that enforcement of environmental laws would be more intense, noting that violators would be sanctioned appropriately with the view to improving the residents’ attitude to environmental safety.
Oluremi Olugbenro /Wale Oluokun