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Oyan Dam Release: Lagos Alerts Residents To Be On Standby

The Lagos State Government has alerted residents, especially those in areas contiguous to the Ogun River about the continuous steady release of water from the Oyan Dam, urging everyone to be on standby.


In a statement, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello.said officials of the State have been monitoring the release which was earlier announced through an advisory.


He listed areas where the release of water is being felt as Isheri North, Kara, Itowolo, Ajegunle and Majidun and Ogolonto.
The  Commissioner stated that  the intensity of the rainfall recorded in Lagos and connecting rivers  determines the level to be released by the Oyan Dam authorities.


According to him, in the last one week, the volume of water released has ranged from 15,000 milliliters through to 21,000 and reducing to 17,000 milliliters on Monday.


Mr Bello noted  that as more water is released from Oyan Dam, peaking in October, residents in low-lying areas should be on standby to move to higher grounds. 


Specifically, he said residents who live in the downstream of Isheri Olofin up to part of Agboyi  would experience flooding as  earlier alerted.


The Commissioner also explained that  Onikoyi/Agelete community at Iba New Town, Iba LCDA are currently experiencing  flooding due to their closeness to Yewa River.

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