Mr Ola Oresanya, S. A. To Ogun State Governor On Environment
Ogun Govt. Alerts Residents On Flooding
The Ogun State Government has alerted and warned its residents to guide against any act that may precipitate flooding as predicted in the metrological report by the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA).
NIHSA had earlier named the Ogun State as one of the States that would experience flooding this year.
Mr. Ola Oresanya, Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, made the call in Abeokuta, during a press briefing to intimate members of the public on the weather forecast in the coming months of the year.
Oresanya, in a release issued by the agency’s spokesman, Rotimi Oduniyi, stated that there would be flash flood in July and a high intensity rainfall by September, 2021, which would result into river flooding, as the soil would have been saturated by then, coupled with the likely release of water from Oyan Dam.
Oresanya therefore urged the people of the State to ensure proper clearing of drainage channels within their domain and desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the water ways, affirming that the unwholesome attitude had been responsible for major flooding incidences.
He also called on people residing in flood-prone areas, especially those in Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Obafemi Owode, Ijebu-Ode, Ifo, Odeda, Ado-Odo/Ota, Sagamu, Ijebu-East and Ogun Waterside Local Government Areas to make necessary provisions to avoid severe impact of the natural occurrence.
“Farmers around wetlands and river banks should complete their harvesting before the above stated time to avert loss of crops and livestock to flooding. Pedestrians and motorists should also be cautious of high volume of storm water during this period”, Oresanya advised.
Contributing, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Waheed Odusile, who announced government’s effort in creating Flood Emergency Management Unit, said it could be reached on 08036401944 or 09010480056 in case of any environmental emergency.