By: Kazeem Biriowo
The Ogun State Government on Monday ordered residents living in flood prone areas within the state to temporarily vacate their homes to avert flooding disaster.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) had alerted that some parts of the state as we as several other states would experience flooding.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, gave the directive at a press briefing in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
According to him, not less than 40 communities in 10 Local Government Areas of the state are at flooding risk.
These are: Ijebu-Ode, Abeokuta South; Abeokuta North, Ogun Waterside, Obafemi Owode, Sagamu, Ifo, Ado-Odo/Ota, Yewa South and Ijebu East.
The Commissioner stressed that some illegal structures constructed on water ways have ready been marked for demolition.
He noted that indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canals and other water channels was one of the major factors responsible for flooding.
He said the state’s government had commenced dredging of rivers and desilting of canals to allow for free passage of water.
“The fact that they are living in flood prone areas does not make them less important. Their lives matter to the Governor Dapo Abiodun and the government of the State.
“Whether they are living on illegal structures or not, we shall continue to make sure that government protect them. That is why we are saying that yes, they might have done things that are wrong but because your lives are very important to the government, leave these flood prone areas.
“But that is not to say those structures will not go. Those structures will give way,” the commissioner stated.