Flood: Ogun Working on IDP Camps

The Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, has said efforts are in place to set up Internally Displaced Persons camps in collaboration with some religious institutions across the state to cushion the effects of flooding caused by the opening of the Oyan Dam.

According to him, there were ongoing talks with religious institutions in the affected areas to accommodate those displaced by the flood.

He said, “We are making arrangements with religious institutions across the state to set up camps to accommodate those affected by flood. Some of the religious institutions we are in talk with have agreed to host the IDP camps but they don’t want their names disclosed.”

When asked about the location of the IDP camps operated by the state government, he replied, “No, we do not have any camp set up by the government yet.”

Our correspondent visited the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Deeper Christian Life Ministry and Redeemed Christian Church of God camp grounds along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway but could not establish that flood victims were already being taken in.

Security officials at the Deeper Life and the RCCG camp grounds said they were not aware of any arrangement to accommodate flood victims, while the Head of Security at the MFM who did not give his name refused to comment on the matter.

But when contacted, the Head, Media and Publicity of RCCG, Olaitan Olubiyi, said he was not aware of any arrangement with the state government to accommodate those affected by flood.

He said, “I may have to find out the details from the camp management. I will get back to you when I find out.”

He was yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

Our correspondent who visited the affected areas on Monday saw that the water almost levelled up the long bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Residents who live in estates like Isheri Riverview, and other residential surroundings in Warewa to the OPIC area were mostly affected.

It was gathered that the dam, managed by the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, and located at Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state, released excess water this month.

“We will prioritise the works here because I am touched with what I have seen. I will ensure that we immediately begin to see signs of relief as we step this up. The Minister of State for Environment is already aware. The Vice President is already aware and also the President. It will be dealt with as an emergency and we are taking it as such.

“As an emergency, I will like to take it up myself. Please, continue to bear with us as we are going to conduct a comprehensive assessment of what we need to do to make this place conducive for living,” Abiodun said.

Addressing residents of Riverview Estate, the governor said he had requested an area survey of the estate to identify critical areas that needed immediate intervention.

He assured the people that the intervention would come through the construction of an elevated road with adequate drainage to mitigate their suffering.

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