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  • Updated: November 05, 2023

Water Release From Cameroon Dam Responsible For Ogun Flooding — Governor Abiodun

Water Release From Cameroon Dam Responsible For Ogun Floodin

The water release from the Republic of Cameroon has been blamed for contributing to the perennial flooding of the Isheri community in the Ifo local government area of the state.

The assertion was made by the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun over the weekend.

Governor Abiodun equally advocated for dredging and channelising the Ogun River, saying that this would go a long way in curbing the perennial flooding of Isheri and its environs.

The governor disclosed this while receiving the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, who paid him a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan.

Abiodun observed that water released from Cameroon contributed to the disaster.

"We have identified some immediate causes. We have the Oyan Dam, and it is being overseen by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.

"The Minister of Water Resources and that of State for the Environment were here to see for themselves as it was the consequences of that flooding.

“We identified together that the Dam itself contributed to the problem, and of course, it is not intentional because Dams were built to capture bodies of water that are in the channel. It serves as sources of water supply, irrigation, and also the control of flooding.

“The other part is that the Ogun River is channelled to go through the area in question. That channel itself requires proper channelization.

“There is evidence that the channel needs to be disilted. The Ogun River emptied into the Lagoon, so when you have the channel where people build houses on, when there is a downpour, when the Dam itself is opened, the water overflows.”

Governor Abiodun described this year’s flooding in the Isheri axis as the worst in recent times, saying it has affected the commercial and social life of the people as residents now take refuge in camps of various religious bodies across the State.

He said though the area is floodplain, successive governments allocated the land for development purposes, saying the immediate concern of his administration was to look at the remote causes and the interventions that could be deployed to bring relief to the residents as the government could not embark on demolition exercise as there are warehouses, different estates, businesses and schools in the axis.

While emphasising the need for correctional work on roads in the axis, Abiodun opined that the flooding is not localised as the state has to contend with water released from the Republic of Cameroon, noting that there is an urgent need to engage a consultant to conduct a proper study and come up with a holistic plan that could lead to permanent and sustainable solutions to the problem.

Abiodun thanked President Bola Tinubu for the laudable intervention programmes put in place to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal and the ones meant for the state, saying he would personally review the state’s social register to ensure fairness and inclusiveness.

Speaking earlier, Edu said the federal government is considering the construction of buffer dams to control flooding around communities abutting the Ogun River.

The Minister said she and her counterpart in the Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation had discussed the issue at the last Federal Executive Council meeting on the need to have dams that would act as buffers to prevent further flooding in the axis.

Edu equally hinted at the federal government’s plan to take 50 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 42 months and get every single person in the country out of the poverty line by the year 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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