Heavy Flooding: “Please Relocate Before Heavy Rain Begins” – Ogun State Tells 40 Communities

Dapo Abiodun

The Government of Ogun State has appealed to its residents living in flood-prone areas across the state to relocate before heavy rain begins.

This appeal was by the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, during a press briefing in Abeokuta on Monday.

The government listed about 40 communities in 10 local government areas across the state as places that would be affected in view of prediction on impending flood disaster.

The commissioner advised residents of the 40 communities that it was in their best interest to relocate temporarily to safer places in other to protect lives and property.

He added, “Whether they are living on illegal structures or not, we shall continue to make sure that government protects them. That is not to say those structures will not go. Those structures will give way.”

The 40 affected communities in 10 councils include Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Obafemi Owode, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Ado-Odo/Ota, Yewa South, Ogun Waterside and Ogun East.

The government’s appeal is coming barely four weeks after the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had predicted that some states, including Ogun, would experience heavy flooding from September.

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