By Bose Adelaja

The South-West zone of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has enjoined Nigerians to take the 2013 weather forecast seriously by shunning acts that could exacerbate the risks of the predicted heavy down pour, especially in the identified communities in the country.

NEMA gave the warning during a visit to some residents of the areas cited as being vulnerable to adverse weather conditions.

NEMA had embarked on an independent exercise to monitor the state of preparedness in the nation against the challenges of climate.

Also, it mobilized all critical stakeholders in the three tiers of government, the private sector, individuals and non-governmental organisations immediately after the presentation of the 2013 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions SRP, via series of meetings.

According to NEMA, state governments were fully involved but the outcome of the exercise has left much to do. ‘’In the South West geo-political zone, the prediction revealed that Saki and Ibadan in Oyo State; Ondo and Akure in Ondo State, Ijebu Ode in Ogun State are expected to experience excessive rainfall.

It was observed that the excessive downpour that may occur in the ancient Saki will also cause flooding in Lagos as usual. The residents of Ajegunle, Majidun, Odo Ogun and Oke ogun settlement along the Ikorodu road, in  particularly, may experience flooding from water running down to their areas from Oyo State.

NEMA’s assessment around these areas, especially at Ajegunle, revealed that the people are not prepared for the risks as all the drainage and water channels are already filled-up and could pose serious danger to the residents.

Aside from this, the whole areas are said to be a flood-plain, while the current construction/repairs of the road constitute a hazard on the communities with the creation of craters at some strategic residential areas. The Arigbede, Ayinla, Abayomi Ololade, Ondo, Thomas Laniyan, Irawo and Dejibo streets drainage and water channels were fully filled-up at Ajegunle as at Friday when the assessment exercise was concluded in Lagos.

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