The Ogun State government said the state may not experience severe flooding this year as revealed in the 2018 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet).
Speaking on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, said though most areas in the state may not witness serious flooding as NiMet had forecasted a normal rainfall season for the state, however flash floods could occur in flood-prone communities.
Oyeleye recalled that irrespective of Nimet’s prediction of severe flooding, the state was generally flood-free all through the rainy season last year, saying, this was as a result of the standard drainages that accompanied the road infrastructures constructed by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun –led administration.
He said the Flood and Erosion Control Department of his Ministry, had, at the beginning of this year, embarked on the dredging of river/stream courses, as well as de-silting of drainages in major towns, in preparation for the rainy season, to prevent flood disasters.
“The river and stream courses that have been dredged in the State capital so far include; Sokori stream course from Isale-Igbein to Ijeja, the drainage path of swampy areas within Lafenwa Market, Akingbade stream in Obantoko and Fatola estate steam course at Camp.