Residents across Ogun State have been warned to desist from erecting structures along waterways, to prevent incessant flooding.
The Director, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Olufolarin Ige, who led a team of officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), gave the warning during an assessment tour of Isheri North Local Council Development Area of the State, saying, government’s swift response was an indication that it was alive to its core responsibility of protecting lives and properties of citizenry.
He said the visit was to estimate the extent of damage done by the flood and identify the victims’ recovery needs, assuring that the Agency would continually create public awareness to caution people living in flood plains and prone areas and forestall loss of lives and properties.
The South West, Zonal Coordinator (NEMA), Mr. Slaku Lugard, enjoined people residing on waterways to relocate, as there may be heavier downpour, due to the current climatic change in the country.
The Vice-Chairman, Forthright Garden Residents Association, Mr. Yemi Omotosho pleaded with the Government to help find a lasting solution to the problem of flooding, which has been causing disaster in the area over the years.
Also, the Chairman of River view Residents Association, Mr. Abayomi Akinde appreciated the Governor for making people’s welfare a priority, suggesting the involvement of stakeholders in both Ogun and Lagos State in finding a lasting solution to prevent future recurrence.