Ogun government seeks ecological fund to address erosion, flood challenges

NIMET predicts massive flooding in Ogun, five other states during 2017 rainy season

Ogun state government is shopping for fund to address the challenges of erosion across the state, following the ongoing heavy rainfall.

Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had earlier named Ogun state as one of the states that will experience heavy rainfall and massive flooding during this year’s rainy season

Environment commissioner, Bolaji Oyeleye, in a media chat to mark the 2017 World Environment Day in Abeokuta, said the state government is targetting the ecological fund in the Presidency for the critical funding to finance the erosion control projects.

The commissioner explained that the state government took the decision, following the discovery that some parts of the state is already affected by erosion.

Oyeleye gave the instance of a secondary school student who died in a flood during a recent heavy rainfall in the Ijebu axis of the state.

As part of measures to save the environment from erosion, the commissioner also said the state government will soon embark on massive planting of trees in the parks and at the road junctions.

Also speaking, Professor Toyin Arowolo who is a former deputy vice chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta has asked the state government to stop politicizing the waste management in the state.

The professor asked the state government to begin sanctioning residents who engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse and the  pollution of water

He also asked the state government to construct public toilets to discourage open defecation in the state.

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