Yusuf Adeleke

The people of Ijaye, Oja gbangba and its environ in Abeokuta, the state capital, had expressed gratitude to the Alake and paramount ruler of Egba Land Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, for securing the lives and property of Ijaye people in Egba land from flood disaster.

The expression of gratitude was made during a visit to the ongoing reconstruction of Ijaye water channel in Abeokuta, which was facilitated by the monarch Oba Adedotun Gbadebo to prevent the anual and regular floods in area from becoming a daluge.

Our correspondent noted that, Gbangba river annually receives heavy waters from five Rivers including; Tekobo,Olorunsogo, Lantoro, Adatan and Fekumo Riverlet in Ijaye especially during rainy season.

It was revealed that, the emergence the monarch Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has been fruitful to the people of Egba land especially ijaye people who had in the past faced flooding challenges during the rainy season.

A chieftain of Ijaye Traditional Council and Chairman of Ijaye Butcher’s Association Alhaji Mutiu Adeagbo, told Newsflagship that the last of the series of the flooding disaster was in 2018, in which there were many victimes of the disaster who lost their property with 5 of them losing their lives.

Recounting his personal experience, Chief Adeagbo narrated, that in July 13 year 2018, he almost lost his life to the flood disaster in Ijaye, he further disclosed that, his Pathfinder jeep worth 2.4million naira was lost to the flood disaster.

Although, chief Adeagbo said, the Alake of Egba land has consistently been working hard to secure a parmenent solutions to the annual ravaging floods since he came to the throne in 2006, in which the breakthrough came after the devastating floods of 2018.

He disclosed that, it was after the flood disaster of 2018, that Alake was able to secure the intervention of the Federal Ecological Funds, Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government to find a lasting and permanent solution to the floods.

Chief Adeagbo while thanking the Alake and Federal Ecological Funds fully appreciated the work done so far, by the contractor handling the flood control in the area, who he said had been controlling and managing the floods in the past two years, adding that, there had been no flood disaster since then.

According to him, the first stage of the chanellization of waters from Idi Aba and Lantoro had virtually been completed with the waters flowing peacefully through the channel without causing any disaster either at Olorunsogo or at Gbangba Ijaye.

He thanked God that the flood were now under control and commended the Engineers for a good job well done.

Chief Adeagbo also appealed to the Alake to use his good offices once again, so that the second phase, third, and fourth phases of the channelaization of the Gbangba and Sokori waters up to point where they would empty their waters into the Ogun Rivers at Sokori, be approved for completion by the Federal Ecological Funds office.

In a similar development, the Oluwo of Ijaye, Chief Samson Adewale Olawore, described the Alake of Egbaland as a compassionate Monarch who takes the welfare of his subjects as a priority.

Chief Adewale Olawore made the remarks while speaking to a Newsflagship Newspaper reporter at Gbangba Market, near theGbangba Confluence as a result of last week heavy rain fall which was accompanied by thunderstorms.

The Oluwo Ijaye disclosed that when the the thunderstorms that preceded the heavvy rains, everybody living around Gbangba Market were thrown into panic, thinking that the floods would as usual take another tolls on the lives and property of the people in the area.

The Oluwo Ijaye said that the anxiety of the residents abated after they noted that the waters from Idiaba, Olorunsogo and Lantoro, were flowing into the Channels under construction by the Ecological Fund of the Office Of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Chief Samson Adewale Olawore, rejoiced that the annual fair of flood disaster, might have go e forever from Olorunwo, Gbangba and other area which used to be affected by the perenial deluge.

The Oluwo thanked the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo for his prompt intervention WITJ the Ecological Fund, pleading thai Egba Apex Monarch further sustain his assistance by asking the Federal Ecological Fund to move to the next stage of the work, especially as it addicted the Bridge near Saint Mary’s Church and Ibukun Cinema

Newsflagship learnt that the first stage of the Channelisation of waters causing floods disasters in Idiaba, Olorunwo, Gbangna-Ijaye, Ijeun Togun, Amolaso and Ikeja as well as Sokori, had been completed.

The contractors handling the project also told our correspondent that they were awaiting the approval of the Federal Government for the second phase and third phases of the job, that would completely eradicate any flood disaster in those areas.

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