Flooding in Nigeria

Osun warns residents against risk of high flooding amid raining season

*The Osun State Government of Nigerian appeals to community leaders to continue sensitising their people against dumping of refuse and erecting structures on water channels to prevent flooding in the state

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Following the regulatory agencies’ forecast and subsequent warnings of possible hazards to lives of consumers in some states, including Osun, Mr. Rufus Oyegbile, Special Adviser on Environment and Sanitation to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State of Nigeria, has disclosed the state government responded to the warning by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) and Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) on the risk of possible hazard over the volume of rain expected.

This was disclosed during the inauguration of rivers dredging and waterways by the state government Friday, September 10, 2021, in Iwo, Osun State, according to report.

ConsumerConnect gathered the two government agencies in their forecast had issued warnings of possible hazards in some states, Osun State inclusive.

The forecasts pitched Osun as one of the states in the country with possible flood risk, and asked the states to take action by embarking on intensive flood control, report said.

A Daily Post report on the aftermath of a flood that sacked residents in August and September in Osogbo, Osun State capital, was said to have indicated that state is sloapy, judging by its topography, while NIMET had subsequently issued series of warnings to the state on possible flood risk.

Oyegbile, therefore, said the Osun State government charged the residents to be alive to their responsibilities towards the prevention and management of flood in the state.

Oyetola’s aide noted that the government in the “last two years has done a lot on dredging of rivers and waterways across the length and breadth of the state, including Osin, Sheusheu, Maaye, Arungbo, Odo-Ori, Aganga, Olobedu Akintokun, Ijetu, Awesin – Elentere Alagbadun – Arioyun – Aketi-Osin- Amuni Atile Esinmirin, Agbara – Opa rivers and lake 264, mention but a few.

The governor’s aide stated: “Although our efforts have been challenged with the recent flood incidence in some parts of the state, as this affirms the need for serious and urgent action by the government and all other critical stakeholders.”

Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, likewise appealed to community leaders, especially at the grassroots to continue sensitising their people against dumping of refuse and erecting structures on water channels to prevent flooding.

Oyintiloye stressed that all stakeholders must reawaken the consciousness of the people towards community service, such as clearing of drainages and waterways which are also part of the social responsibility of individuals to their community, to allow free flow of water, as this will also play a complementary role towards the efforts put in place by the government to avert the hazardous effect of flood during raining season.

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