Ogun State government has begun palliative work in the areas affected by flooding during last weekend torrential rain in Abeokuta, the State capital.
Fielding questions from newsmen in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, said the palliatives which included fixing failed bridges, were meant to bring temporary relief to the people, adding that Engineers from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, as well as Environment have assessed the extent of damage, with a view to finding lasting solutions to the problem.
The Commissioner, who described the downpour as heavy, with multiple adverse effects, noted that dredging was on-going in 16 places across the State, adding that waterways from Isale-Oja, Kuto to Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, up to the Orange Valley Estate, in Abeokuta were being cleared.
He said the damage caused by the flood, would have been enormous, but for continuous dredging of waterways, assuring of State government’s readiness to convert some culverts to bridges and desilting of drainages to ensure free flow of water whenever it rains.
On measures that would bring lasting solution to the perennial flooding in the State capital, Hon. Balogun said,” though the present administration is not interested in demolishing people’s houses, some structures must give way. But before we demolish any building, which of course must be a last resort, we will talk to those whose structures are around the canal, on the need to remove them”.
The Commissioner appealed to residents of the State to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways, to prevent flooding.