Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has promised to engage a consultant to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the causes of flooding in the state and come up with a holistic plan to find a permanent and sustainable solution to the problem.
Governor Abiodun made the promise on Friday while playing host to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
The governor explained that the state government had identified some of the immediate causes of the floodings including excess water from Oyan dam, illegal construction of buildings on water channels, as well as, climate change.
Governor Abiodun said that the state government had also partnered the federal government in resolving the issue as the state government alone cannot handle it
While thanking the federal government for its quick intervention, Governor Abiodun hinted that his government had introduced some temporary solutions such as channelization and desilting of Ogun river to pave way for easy flow of water into the lagoon and also plan to invest on infrastructural correction by elevating the roads within the area
He noted that the flooding had affected commercial activities within the isheri environment in ifo local government area while some of the residents were displaced to hibernate in church and mosque premises
Commending the minister for the visitation to the state, Governor Abiodun said the distribution of palliatives to the residents in the flooded areas would serve as a relief to cushion the effects of the flooding.
On the #25,000 conditional cash transfer proposed by the federal government, Governor Abiodun disclosed that his government had set up an inter-ministerial committee to revalidate and verify the state’s social register and also to work with the minister in ensuring that all the people expected to benefit from the scheme are not leftout
Earlier, Dr Betta Edu in a remark said she was in the state to distribute relief materials to victims of Isheri flood disaster in the Lagos-Ogun area of the state and to update the state’s social register so that people of the state can start receiving the #25,000 conditional cash transfer
The minister, however, added that her ministry has also introduced other interventions in the state including support for market men and women with the aims of taking about fifty million people out of poverty within the next forty-two months.
Michael Adeyemo/ Radio Nigeria