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  • Updated: April 05, 2024

Ogun govt, FG collaborates to end recurrent flooding

Ogun govt, FG collaborates to end recurrent flooding

The government of Ogun State, in partnership with the federal government, has committed to taking practical steps to address the recurring flooding in Isheri and its surroundings. 

Dr. Iziaq Salako, the Minister of State for Environment, revealed this during a stakeholder meeting held at the OPIC Building in Isheri on Thursday. 

Salako emphasized the need for strategic planning to tackle the issue effectively, stating that the persistent flooding in Isheri cannot be resolved hastily. 

He stressed the importance of adherence to environmental regulations and urged residents to refrain from constructing buildings on drainage systems as a means to prevent future flooding incidents.

He disclosed that a good amount had been budgeted to give palliatives to residents of the affected area.

“The approach of the Federal Government is to look at the problem in-depth and come out with a permanent solution.

We have, therefore, spoken with some consultants and they have told us that they will need to assess the problem from Oyan Dam up to where Ogun River empties into the Atlantic Ocean,” he said.

In his remarks, the state commissioner for environment, Ola Oresanya, said the challenge required channelisation of the Ogun River.

He stated that Gov. Dapo Abiodun had inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee to oversee the implementation.

The chairmen, Isheri Community Development Association, Gbenga Osoba; River View Estate, Abayomi Akinde; and the general secretary, Lagos/Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, Olanrewaju Smith, jointly appreciated governments’ intention.

They praised both the state and federal governments for the steps taken to cross-fertilise ideas on their plans.

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