The people of Ijaye, Oja gbangba and its environs in Abeokuta, the State capital, had expressed gratitude to the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, 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 annual and regular floods in some areas, hence from becoming a daluge.
Newsflagship correspondent noted that, Gbaagba river annually receives heavy waters from five Rivers including; Tekobo,Olorunsogo, Lantoro, Adatan and Fekumo River, let in Ijaye especially during rainy season.
It was revealed that, the emergence of the Egba Apex Monarch had been fruitful to the people of Egbaland 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 victims 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 Egbaland had consistently been working hard to secure a permanent 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 contractors handling the flood control in the area, noting that, they 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 channelization 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 thank 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 channelization 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.