The Ogun State government on Tuesday warned residents in flood-prone parts of the state to vacate immediately, noting that weather outlook in the coming months indicate heavy flooding in the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya, in a statement quoted the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) metrological report on the state, which predicted heavy flooding this year.
According to Oresanya, with the devastating impact of the previous flood disaster in the state, residents must prepare for flash flood during the month of July, especially between 8th and 15th July, 2021.
“Also a high intensity rainfall is being expected in September, 2021 that will result into fluvial flood (river flood) because the soil would have been saturated by then and likely release of water from Oyan Dam will compound the rise in water level.
“In view of the above, residents of flood-prone and wetland areas across the state, especially at Abeokuta South LG (i.e Gbangba, Ijaye, Ijeun Tuntun, Isale-Oja, Kuto, Amolaso, Ijeja etc), Abeokuta North LG (Adedotun, Ago-Ika, Enugada, Totoro, Onikoko etc) and Obafemi Owode LG (Adigbe, Ofada, Magboro etc) Ijebu – Ode LG (Owa River Course and Yemule River Course), Ifo LG (Isheri, Wawa, Arepo, Akute, Alagbole etc), Odeda LG (Obantoko, Arakanga river and tributaries Ewekoro, Ado-Odo/Ota, Shagamu, Ijebu – East, and Ogun Waterside are hereby advised to temporarily make provision for a safe environment to avoid severe impact of this natural event.
“Farmers around the wetlands and river banks are also strongly advised to complete their harvesting before the above stated time to avert loss of their livestock and crops to flooding.
“In addition, pedestrian and motorists in the State are advised to be cautious on the road while walking and driving to avoid accidents as the roads will witness high volume of storm water that will subside within minutes,” he said.
Oresanya, however, noted that the government has put in place adequate measures like clearing of waterways to allow for free flow of the rivers/streams and desilting of drainage channels across the state.
He listed some of the cleared streams and rivers to include, Sokori and its tributaries, Abeokuta, Odo Musa, Mokola, Abeokuta, Arokoje Stream, Abeokuta, Orudu River, Adiyan, Ifo LG, Ogungbade CDA, Onihale, Igbehin-Adun CDA, Owode via Sango, Ota.
Others are Igele River, Ogun Waterside, Ajerogun CDA, Owode via Sango, Ota and Cele-Bus Stop, Onihale, Ifo LGA amongst others.
“All the residents of the above areas are still enjoying a flood-free environment since the rivers/streams in their domain were cleared of silts and their carrying capacities increased. Works are still on-going at various parts of the state,” he said.
He also announced the creation of the State Flood Emergency Management Unit by the Ministry of Environment, headed by the Director, Flood and erosion Control.