By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Federal government and Ogun state government are set to begin construction of 500 units of houses for victims of the 2018 flood incident in the State.
Recall, there was a predawn downpour that pounded Abeokuta and its environs on July 13, 2018, which left many homes and township roads flooded, destroying household valuables and equally pulled down perimeter fence in the process.
Following the incident, the federal government pledged to support the victims on a short-term basis with relief and also help to find a permanent solution by providing them houses in a safer place.
However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Ogun state government implementation team on Wednesday visited the proposed sites for the unit of houses at Soyoye, in Abeokuta North Local Government of the state donated by the state government.
The Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA, Kayode Fagbemi during the visit disclosed that the project was part federal government’s efforts to rehabilitate victims of the flood incident.
Fagbemi said the federal government would ensure that the state government provides utility facilities, schools, hospitals and Market for the people in order to have a positive effect on the immediate community.
He said “The building we are looking at will be about 500. The approval was gotten since January 2020. You will recall that between January 2020 there was covid-19 and we could not do many thing.
“The state is going to support part of the project and we’ll ensure that we can achieve that.”
The Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Jagunmolu Akande Omoniyi assured that the state government would support the federal government in terms of physical infrastructure and other necessary support that NEMA could request for.
Omoniyi stressed that the building would give way for proper channelization of the drains and better management of ecosystem.
“Just be rest assured that the federal government and the State government will do justice to provide this shelter for this category of people”, he said.