By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
LAGOS—Barely a year after President Goodluck Jonathan promised to release Ecology Fund to fight perennial flood as a result of Ogun-Oyo River overflow in Ajegunle area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, the state government, yesterday, said plans had been concluded to utilise N700 million of the fund for the construction of resettlement housing scheme for flood victims.
However, residents of flood-prone areas in Mile 12, Agiliti, Isheri North, Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, Majidun and others close to the Ogun River, have been cautioned of an imminent heavy flooding in the areas.
Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, disclosed this when he led his Special Duties counterpart, Dr. Wale Ahmed and General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Mr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu on an inspection of the flooded areas in Ajegunle.
The team inspected the Ogun-River by Itowolo, Ikorodu Road, Owode-Elede Canal, and Ajegunle community in Ikorodu area of the state.
According to Bello, contrary to the wide spread rumours that the state government had spent the Ecology Fund on re-election bid of Governor Babatunde Fashola, ” I can tell you that the fund is intact in a dedicated account.
“The state government reserved the fund to be used for construction of housing scheme at Agbowa, for Internally Displaced People, IDP in the state,” he added.
He explained that what caused the initial delay on the project was the task of finding and allocation of land, “I can assure you that between now and January 2012, work will commence on the housing scheme.”