As part of its efforts at mitigating flood this year, the Ogun State government says it will construct almost three thousand metres of drainage channels and mini-bridges and culvert across the three senatorial districts of the state.

The state government will also clear and desilt about fifty seven thousand metres length of river and stream courses.

Ogun state Commissioner for Environment,Mr Ola Oresanya stated this while addressing the media on the Ogun State Flood Alert for the year 2024.

He revealed that the drainage channels and mini-bridges will be done at Wesley Primary School, Ijebu -Ode,Saje Dumpsite Road, Abeokuta, Apakila Area of Abeokuta,Igbosoro in Ogijo as well as desilting of river courses at Yemule in Ijebu -Ode,Sense River in Sagamu,Onibuku in Ifo,Odofunfun in Oja Odan,Opa Aro in Isheri,Sokori River and tributaries while desilting of drainage channels will be done in Abeokuta,Ifo,Ijebu -Ode, Sagamu,Ilaro Ota among others.

Aside from these flood preventing measures , Oresanya said the state government through the Ministry of Environment is also determined to further reduce the impact of flooding in the state through the newly- introduced Drainage Permit which is meant to guide intending businesses to appropriately discharge their storm water to the final discharge point and avert conflicts communities.

He therefore assured residents of the state to remain calm as the state government is putting measures in place to cushion the effects of the expected heavy rainfall and prevent damages to life and properties and called on residents living on wetland areas to relocate to safer grounds or create higher elevation within their residence before the rain commences fully.

For the farmers in the state, Oresanya encouraged them to start planning from now while those involved in poultry businesses are advised against stocking density during this stress period which started two month’s back till next month due to the predicted above normal temperature with fish farmers strongly advised to harvest before the peak of the raining season which is in July.

The Commissioner also said the state government will continue its productive synergy with the management of Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority on the management of the release of water from the two dams in Ikere Gorge Dam on the largest tributaries of Ogun River to reduce the impact of flooding in wetland areas of the state.

Oresanya also used the opportunity to announce that the state government will soon commence the demolition of marked structures that impedes free-flow of rain water across the state and called on those concerned to remove their valuable properties before the commencement of the demolition exercise.

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