Following the Federal government’s warning of impending flood in Ogun and other states, the state government has advised residents in flood prone areas to temporarily relocate to avoid major environmental disaster.
The Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun who stated this in Abeokuta, revealed that no fewer than 40 communities in 10 local government areas of the state were at the risk of flood.
Abudu-Balogun noted that, the advice became imperative following the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction, which included Ogun as one of the states to be affected by the flood.
The commissioner listed the local government areas to include: Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Obafemi Owode, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Ado-Odo/Ota, Yewa South , Ogun Waterside and Ijebu East.
He said that the state had marked illegal structures built on waterways for demolition, adding that these structures would soon be demolished by the government.
Abudu-Balogun blamed indiscriminate dumping of refuse in water channels and building of illegal structures on waterways as the major causes of flooding.
He disclosed that the state in the last one year had arrested and prosecuted 128 offenders for indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways and other environmental offences.
The Commissioner added that the state had began dredging of rivers and desilting of canals to allow for free flow of water.
“The fact that they are living in flood prone areas does not make them less important. Their lives matter to Gov. Dapo Abiodun and the government of the state.
“Whether they are living on illegal structures or not, we shall continue to make sure that government protect them.
“That is why we are saying that, yes, they might have done things that are wrong but because your lives are very important to the government, leave these flood prone areas,” he said.