Ogun govt assures resident no serious flooding will occur this year

Ogun State government has assured that the state may not experience serious flood during this year rainy season.

It bases its assurance on the prediction of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2018 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Environment commissioner, Bolaji Oyeleye who gave this indication in a statement, said the only exemption will be flash floods that could occur in the flood prone axis of the state.

Ahead of this year rainy season, the commissioner explained that flood and erosion control department of his ministry had embarked on the dredging of river and stream courses, as well as de-silting of drainages in major towns, to prevent flood disasters.

He listed river and stream courses already dredged in Abeokuta as Sokori stream course from Isale-Igbein to Ijeja, the drainage path of swampy areas within Lafenwa market, Akingbade stream in Obantoko and Fatola Estate stream course at Camp.

Oyeleye also said that a dilapidated and submerged culvert linking Oke-Odo to Abule Oloni in Abeokuta, had been reconstructed, while a river course in Owode Ketu and another along Ilaro-Owode road of Ogun West senatorial district had been dredged.

The commissioner also warned that temperatures may be warmer than normal, as the dry season peaks, advising residents to increase their water intake  from clean and hygienic water sources.

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