The government of Ogun State has asked people in lowland areas that have been flooded, especially in Isheri, Warewa, Magboro, and Arepo with their different Estates, not to drink water from wells and boreholes.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya, made this request when he went to the border towns to look at the flooded area and try to find a quick solution to the problem.
To avoid cholera and other water-borne diseases, the government told people to put cleanliness first.
He said that the appeal was necessary because the flood had contaminated the water sources and facilities with chemicals like fuel, pesticides, metals, and pathogens from sewage, cemeteries, septic tanks, and dead animals.
Oresanya said that the flooding was caused by uncontrolled development and residents who didn’t care about important environmental issues like waste management. He also said that the state government would start another round of dredging and clearing silt from drainage channels and waterways in the affected areas.
“Some people are so careless that they built on waterways under the guise that they had permission.
Even if they have approvals, the people who gave them would have done so because they were given bad advice.”
“However, the current government is determined to fix these problems, and the buildings and structures that have been found will be taken down in the best interest of other residents,” he said.