By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has advised residents of floodplain areas in Ogun State to relocate from their houses over an anticipated heavy rainfall coming in months ahead.
The Southwest Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, Slaku Lugard, gave the advice while on a post-flood assessment tour of affected areas within Abeokuta South Local Government Area of the state, warning residents of buildings marked for demolition to vacate the property, so as to prevent loss of lives.
He said the assessment was to evaluate the extent of damage done by the flooding, commending government for the ongoing dredging of rivers, to proffer lasting solutions to the disasters.
He appreciated the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for their prompt intervention and support given to affected people of last Saturday heavy rainfall that caused serious havoc in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Igbo Ilaro, Ota and other parts of Ogun State.
Also speaking, the Director, Ogun State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Olufolarin Ige, urged residents to cooperate with the government and adhere to all safety directives, assuring that their wellbeing remains paramount to the present administration.
Commenting on behalf of the residents, Alh. Ladun Amodemaja and Mr. Jimoh Fayegbami, appreciated the visit while calling on the government to come to their aid with the provision of some relief materials and other related palliatives.