Water carry 300 house, scatter 860 family

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Tori wey dey now be sey water don carry meni plenti house wey reach 300 and 860 pipo don scatter from their house bicos of the water wey dem open for Oyan Dam, Ogun River.

The villages wey de water cause this katakata na Agiliti/Maidan, Orile, Owode, Agboyi and Araromi communities in Ketu and Mile 12 areas in Lagos; and Akute and Warewa communities, and all the estate wey dey near OPIC for Ogun State.

 

Oga Chairman of Riverview Estate Residents’ Association, Mr. Abayomi Akinde, tok sey na bad tin hapun so oo. Him tok sey im pipo no believe sey e fit hapun, as e be sey OORBDA been don give dem hope sey notin go hapun to dem even if rain fall.

 

Him sey, “The flooding started about three weeks ago when people started calling that their communities were flooded. People have been evacuating their homes since then, while some others are trapped. If the situation persists, everywhere will be submerged. The government needs to come in. Isheri North GRA, for instance, was sold by Lagos State and some of the estates were sold by the Ogun State Government. There was supposed to be proper planning; but we have been left to our fate. Former President Goodluck Jonathan visited this area four years ago because of this same problem, but nothing was done after the visit.

 

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“We are appealing to OORBDA to reduce the operating level of the dam to 54 metres. If the level is reduced, the reservoir will have more space to hold water and this flooding will be averted.”

 

One landlord wey be former chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers, Mr. Peter Onyeri, tok sey wetin cause the problem na bicos of bad management and money wey no dey.

Wen PUNCH Metro waka reach there, dem see sey water don carry every where, and some pipo wey remain dey pack their tins comot, odas na small boat dem dey yuz carry them property.

One of the canoe pipo wey him name na Monday Bassey, tok sey dem dey collect  arand N100 and N500, to help person move him property comot for the water.

Bassey tok sey no be todey the water dey wahala the area like this oo. Him tok sey him don desaid he had lived in the area fory stay for the area teeeey teeeey, reach like eight years now.  Him sey the only tin hapun be sey the water been go holiday for them, for like four years now.

The Managing Director of Ogun/Osun River Basin Development Authority, Mr. Akintunde Soyemi, tok sey na wetin pipo do provoke the water.

As  him tek put am, na bicos sey dem open Oyan Dam, wey been the help protect the area na im cause the wahala so oo.

Him sey, “Ogun River is a big river cutting across three states with more than 20 tributaries one of which is Oyan Dam, which is the only one that is gated and whose release can be controlled.

“This year, we had much more run off; we only released 15 per cent now, which is done at a controlled rate and is not supposed to flood the downstream. It is flooding because it is not the only contributory river. Most of those flooded places are in the flood plain of Ogun River. The rule of thumb in constructing residences is that you must be above the level of the road, anywhere below such level will always be submerged.”

But Bros Soyemi, yarn sey pipo wey get mouth dey do something on top the mata wey jus hapun mek e no hapun again.

 

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