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Senate Urges FG To Tackle Flooding In Ogun, Lagos

The Senate on Thursday implored President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Committee for the development of a comprehensive plan of action against flooding.

The committee had advised the establishment of a National Flood Management Council in the nation.

The agency is expected to serve as the central body responsible for organizing flood management activities nationwide.

The Senate resolution was followed by Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru’s (Lagos East) adoption of a motion.

The members of the red chamber sent their condolences to the victims of the flood and commended the governments of Ògún and Lagos states for their handling of the crisis caused by the flood.

It also directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the victims of the flood in the affected communities in the two states.

The Senate implored the Federal Government to assemble a stakeholders’ meeting to x-ray the recurring situation of floods across the country and propose a lasting solution.

The Senate also directed the relevant committees of the Senate to provide adequate funding for the Hydrological Agency of Nigeria, NIMET, and the River Basin Development Authorities to effectively carry out their designated duties in line with their mandates.

Abiru, in his motion, stated that several communities close to the coastlines in Agboyi-Ketu and Ikosi-Isheri in Lagos State and several communities in Ogun State have always experienced flooding whenever the Oyan River Dams are opened.

Part of the motion reads, “The recent release of water from the dam caused unimaginable havoc to residents’ property and livelihoods, particularly on Tuesday, October 24, 2023;

“The dam which crosses the Oyan River, a tributary of the Ogun River, was commissioned on March 29, 1983, by late President Shehu Shagari and is operated by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Water Resources;

“The residents of the areas have fled their homes and businesses; schools and religious centres have all shut down in the affected communities, while in the Maidan area of Ikosi-Isheri, the water reportedly reached the neck region of an adult.”

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