Ogun State Government says, the demolition of houses and other structures built on flood plains and waterways in the state will soon begin, ahead of the predicted mass flooding during the peak of 2019 rainy season.
The Urban and Physical Planning Ministry explains that the planned move is to pave the way for free flow of flood water and prevent flash flooding in any part of the state.
The planned demolition exercise, according to the Ministry, follows red alert by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency’s (NIMET), to Ogun State and other flood prone states.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Nafiu Adebiyi announces the planned anti-flood measure, while hosting members of the State House of Assembly’s Lands and Housing Committee, which is monitoring the performance of the state’s 2019 budget.
Adebiyi says, owners of the affected structures had been adequately informed about the exercise and asked to urgently relocate from the flood plains to safe areas.
The Permanent Secretary says, the state Urban and Physical Planning Board generated a total sum of #772.9m between January and June 2019 from licences and fees payable to the board.
Adebiyi adds that the Ministry is engaging the United Nation Habitat on Urban Renewal Proposals on blighted areas in Ake, on Abeokuta-Ibara axis.
He also says, the Urban Renewal project will also include the construction of more lay-by and motor parks across the state, as part of moves to ensuring more physical development of towns and cities.