Flood alert: Prepare to move to safer areas, Ogun Govt. advises residents

Posted by News Express | 22 June 2017 | 1,252 times

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•Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye

Following the prediction of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) of the likely occurrence of flood in 35 states of the Federation, the Ogun State Government has advised residents along the banks of River Ogun and other flood-prone areas to be prepared to move to safer areas.

Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abeokuta, the state capital, said that there would be flooding in eight major rivers across the country, including Ogun River, adding that the state is expected to witness above normal rainfall, which could lead to severe flooding.

“It is in the best interest of residents living in flood prone areas, particularly along the Ogun River, to be ready to move to safer grounds to forestall loss of lives and property,” he cautioned.

To mitigate the effect of the predicted flooding, residents were advised to imbibe good environmental practices such as desisting from erecting buildings on flood plains, de-silting drainage channels and to desist from dumping refuse in waterways.

Oyeleye added that the government remains committed to ensuring that the people of the state have an environment that is safe and conducive for living and for business to thrive.

Source: News Express

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