Declare flooding areas along Lagos/Ogun borders emergency disaster zones – Reps tell FG


    By Disun Amosun

    Concerned about the total submerging of the already flooded Isheri-Ojodu and its environs as alluded to by current hydrological analysis for the area, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to declare the zone as National Emergency Disaster area.

    This was sequel to a motion raised on Matters of Urgent National Importance by Rep Isiaka Ayokunle Ibrahim which got the overwhelming support of his colleagues at Wednesday’s plenary session.

    Leading debate on the general principles of the motion, Rep Isiaka noted that hydrological analysis of the affected plains indicate the River gauge and water level at Isheri to be way above acceptable treshold, standing at 19.797m.

    According to the lawmaker, the implication of these indices is that the axis already experiencing floods is prone to heavier floods if necessary actions are not promptly taken to avert the looming disaster.

    Rep Isiaka who chairs the House Committee on National Planning and Economic Development further revealed that with the elevated average water spilled for October and precipitation still expected in major parts of the area, the situation is expected to worsen as more heavy rainfall is expected.

    “Only on tuesday, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State vsited Isheri for an on-the-spot assessment and commiserated with flood very ctims in the area,assured them of swift response from the state”

    The House similarly urged the Federal Government through FERMA to put in place necessary anti-flooding facilities to stem the perennial problem and also on NEMA to release relief materials to flood victims in the affected areas.