Lagos state government has forewarned masses in areas connecting to the Ogun River about the steady release of water from the Oyan Dam, advising everyone to standby in case there will need for relocation.
Mr. Tunji Bello, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, stated that “Specifically, residents who live in the downstream of Isheri Olofin up to part of Agboyi will experience flooding as earlier predicted”.
He also mentioned that, the Onikoyi/Agelete Community at IBA New Town in IBA Local Council Development Area may also experience engulfing due to the nearness to Yewa River.
The commissioner in his statements, outlined areas where the release of water is being felt as Isheri North, Kara, Itowolo, Ajegunle, Majidun and Ogolonto, stressing that the intensity of rainfall recorded in Lagos and flow of connecting rivers determines the level of water that would be released by the Oyan Dam authorities.
Also, he stated that more water would be released from Oyan Dam and is expected to reach the peak in October, warning residents in lowland areas to be on standby to move to higher grounds.
Similarly, he stressed the fact that within the last week, the volume of water released had increased from 15000 to 21000 milliliters but reduced to 17000 milliliters on Monday, 13th of September 2021.