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  • Updated: May 01, 2024

Flooding: Ogun govt issues relocation order to residents

Flooding: Ogun govt issues relocation order to residents

Residents living in flood-prone areas in Ogun State have been advised to consider relocating as the rainy season begins soon.

This advice was issued by the state government on Tuesday.

The Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, issued the advisory during a press conference on the 2024 flood alert, held in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Federal Government had written about 31 states, including Ogun State, informing them of the impending flooding between April and November this year.

The commissioner said 16 out of the 20 local governments in the state are expected to have heavy rainfall.

He said, “Of the 20 local government areas in the state, 16 are expected to have the highest rainfall with over 1700mm while those with lowest rainfall are Imeko Afon (1541mm) Odeda (1658mm). Abeokuta North (1675mm) and Abeokuta -South (1699mm).

“Due to this prediction, residents living in wetland areas of the state are advised to relocate to a safer ground or create higher elevation within their residence before the rain commences fully.”

Oresanya added that for agricultural purposes, the length of the growing season for the coastal areas of the season ranges between 250 to 292 days while that of inland areas is between 200 to 250 days.

He said, “Our farmers are, therefore, encouraged to start planting from now (April) while those involved in poultry businesses are advised against stocking density during this stress period, which has started two months back, till next month due to the predicted above normal temperature.

“Fish farmers are equally and strongly enjoined to harvest before the peak of the rainy season, which is in July.”

Oresanya, however, urged the residents to remain calm as the state government was putting measures in place to cushion the effects of the expected heavy rainfall and prevent the destruction of lives and property through extensive desilting of various drainage channels, rivers and stream channels.

The Commissioner said the government was constructing a 2,975.6m drainage channel and mini bridges/culverts, desilt and clear 56,150m length of river/stream courses.

He said that the state government would continue its productive synergy with the management of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority on the management of the release of water from the two dams: Ikere Gorge Dam and Oyan Dam on the Ogun River, to reduce the impact of flooding in wetland areas of the state.

The Managing Director, Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, Olufemi Odumosu, said the agency had put necessary measures in place to assist the state government in mitigating the effect of the flood.

 

 

 

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