The Ogun State Government has urged residents living in flood-prone areas across the state to relocate to higher grounds before heavy rains begin in the state.
The government listed about 40 communities in 10 local government areas across the state as places that would be affected by the predictions of impending floods.
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The 40 affected communities in 10 councils include Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Obafemi Owode, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Ado-Odo/Ota, Yewa South, Ogun Waterside and Ogun East.
The government’s appeal comes barely four weeks after the Nigerian Meteorological Agency predicted that some states, including Ogun, would experience heavy flooding from September.
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The Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, during a press briefing in Abeokuta on Monday, advised residents of the 40 communities to relocate temporarily to safer places as part of moves to protect lives and property.
The commissioner noted that the advice was in the best interest of the affected residents.
He added, “Whether they are living on illegal structures or not, we shall continue to make sure that government protects them. That is not to say those structures will not go. Those structures will give way.”