Raining Season; Keep Ogun State Free Of Flood-Govt Warns - FIRST AWARENESS


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Raining Season; Keep Ogun State Free Of Flood-Govt Warns

Governor Dapo Abiodun

 By Niyi Ogungbola
Residents of Ogun State have been advised to join hands with the state government to keep the state free of flood in order to prevent water disasters during the raining season.

The state government through the Special Adviser  on Environment ,Ola Oresanya made the warning saying,the season of rainfall is not a course but bleeding hence, the government must be supported to keep the state free of flood.

This warning might not be unconected to the prediction of
The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that the two seasons of rainfall this year will be between April and December 2022.

According to the prediction, Ogun State, being a coastal State in the Country will experience prolonged rainfall that will be accompanied with flash flood in most part of the State, especially in the months of June-July while the later coastal flooding may be compounded with the release of water from Oyan dam accompanied with high tide in the lagoon.

"Following these predictions, there is need for the general public, especially residents of the State to prepare for the likely impact of this year’s weather pattern.

"Consequently, residents in wetlands areas with low rainfall infiltration such as lsheri, Akute, Warewa, Oke-afa,Owa and Yemule Riverbanks in Ijebu-ode, Onihale in Ifo, Ogun Waterside, Ebute-Kimobi in Ijebu-East and those living near flood plains of Sokori, Arakanga and Onikoko-River in Abeokuta, Eruwuru in Sagamu, Ijamido, Isaka Owode-Yewa in Ado- Odo Ota Local Government are advised to take precautionary measures during its season.

"While reiterating the commitment to protection of lives and properties of residents of the State through various activities, the State Government has taken measures to control problem of flood Statewide." Ola Oresanya stressed.

He also implored citizens to stop the habit of dumping refuse on the road and drainage channels while residence in the flood prone areas must make adequate preparation to safeguard the vulnerable member of the community such as children, elderly one and physically challenged people. 

He as well called on the Community Development Associations CDAs to educate their members on the need to clean their drainages and remove properties constituting restrictions to drainage channels.

"Farmers, especially along the coastal areas and riverbanks are implored to take advantage of the weather outlook and plan the planting and harvest properly to prevent damages to their crop and livestocks.

"Motorists and pedestrians are implored to be mindful of the peculiarities of the season and be safety conscious while commuting during this period.

"Furthermore, His Excellency, Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun MFR, has directed that the Flood Emergency Management Unit, FEMU be decentralized into all the Local Government Areas of the State for faster response to emergency calls during the raining season.

"Ogun State as an agrarian State, looks forward delightfully to the season of rainfall to support our investment in Agriculture, Afforestation and Climate Change Adaptation Programs.

"The need for effective collaboration with the Government to prevent devastation of improperly managed rainfall and consequences of flooding is therefore compelling.

"The season of rainfall is not a curse but a blessing. Please support the State government to keep our State free of flood"Oresanya conclude.


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