Flooding: Ogun Govt Warns Residents Of Mowe , Isheri , Magboro, Akute , Ibafo To Relocate


The Ogun State Government has alerted residents of Akute, Isheri, Mowe, Ibafo, Riverside Estate and other border communities with Lagos State to relocate to avoid disaster as a result of another round of flooding.

The Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, raised the alarm at a press conference in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

Oresanya said the warning became imperative following the prediction of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency on the 2023 flood alert in the state.

He said the listed areas would witness coastal flooding due to the tidal lock of the Ogun River by the Lagos lagoon from a natural rise in sea level coupled with the possible release of excessive water from the Oyan Dam.

Oresanya advised residents to brace for flash floods as the state was expecting 3,646mm of rainfall between April and November.

He recalled that the country recorded the worst-ever flood incidents in 2022, which killed over 600 people and displaced about 2.4 million persons.

The state also warned residents of 23 other communities prone to flood to urgently take precautions to alleviate the impact.

He said, “Residents are advised to desist from the temptation of building on run-off routes and placement of temporary structures and containers or extension of business premises on top of drains in markets and public places.

“In preparation for the inevitable impact of the natural pattern of rainfall predicted for the year 2023, residents in the following areas: Onikoko, Sokori and Arakanga areas in Abeokuta; Owa and Yemule riverbanks in Ijebu-Ode; Eruwuru in Sagamu; Ebute

Kimobi in Ijebu East; Isaka Owode in Ado-Odo Ota; Owode, Igijo, Ilaro and Ijoko should expect flash floods due to heavy rainfall within short periods.

 “The second season will have a prolonged impact in wetlands such as Alagbole, Akute, Isheri, Warewa, Oke-Afa, Mowe, Ibafo, Kara, Onihale, Ebute Kimobi and Riverside Estate.

“These areas will witness coastal flooding due to tidal lock of the Ogun River by the Lagos lagoon from natural rise in sea-level coupled with possible release of excessive water from the Oyan Dam. Residents of these areas should be prepared to relocate temporarily from these areas during the second season of rainfall if required.

“Furthermore, farmers in the state are advised to complete the harvest in the month of August and avoid farming and livestock rearing along the flood plains to prevent the adverse impact of intense flooding of the second season of rainfalls.

“In realisation of the inter boundary impact of flooding, we wish to reassure residents of the state that we have effective collaboration with the management of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority and the neighbouring states of Lagos and Oyo, especially as it relates to the release of water from the Oyan Dam.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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