The Lagos State Government has advised residents living along the plains of Ogun River to be on the alert for flood as the management of the Oyan Dam begins seasonal water release from the dam.
Speaking on Monday, during a chat with the media, Commissioner for the Environment, Babatunde Adejare, explained that the controlled water release from the dam was a pragmatic approach of the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority to prevent overflow and possible integrity failure of the Oyan Dam.
Adejare stressed that the controlled release of water was the outcome of the collaboration between the Lagos State Government and the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority to forestall a possible collapse of the dam.
“The controlled water releases have become expedient as a result of the weather forecast and the continuous heavy rainfall which is likely to resume later in the month,” he said.
He, therefore, advised those residing along plains of Ogun River in Lagos State such as Ajegunle, Owode-Onirin, Owode-Elede, Isheri North, Ogolonto, Irawo and so on to be extremely careful and take precautionary measures which may include vacating their residences temporarily.
He urged people in these areas not to hesitate to move to higher grounds once they notice gradual accumulation of rising water as the State is not ready to lose any life during the period.
The commissioner stressed that this advice must be re-echoed before the rain begins so that those concerned could always be on the alert.
He also emphasised that primary and secondary channels in the state were being maintained and dredged to contain flood related challenges that might occur in the State.
Adejare advised Lagosians to be safety conscious during this period and urged them to take some safety measures like avoid going out during the rains except when it is absolutely necessary.