The Federal government and the Ogun state government are set to begin construction of 500 unit of houses for victims of the 2018 flood incident in the State.
Recall, there was a predawn downpour that pounded Abeokuta and its environs in july 13, 2018 which left many homes and township roads flooded, destroying household valuables and equally pulled down perimeter fence in the process.
Following the incident, the federal government pledged to support the victims on a short term basis with relief and also help to find permanent solution by providing them houses in safer place.
However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the state government implementation team on Wednesday visited the proposed sites for the unit of houses at Soyoye, in Abeokuta north Local Government of the state donated by the state government.
The Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA, Kayode Fagbemi during the visit disclosed that the project was part federal government’s efforts to rehabilitate victims of the flood incident.
Fagbemi said the federal government would ensure that the state government provides utility facilities, schools, hospitals and Market for the people in order to have positive effect on immediate community.
He said “The building we are looking at will be about 500, this approval as been gotten since January 2020. You will recall that between January 2020 there was covid-19 we could not do many things.
“We are collaborating with the state, the state is going to support part of the project and we ensure that we can achieve that. We know that their is a little bit of inflation, but it’s nobody fault, we are going to work to ensure that we achieve our target.
He added “We need to built befitting building for the the people. Two bedrooms approved by the federal government where we will ensure that they can move and those houses that are blocking the flood flame will be removed and their won’t be reoccurring flood. It’s a form of rehabilitation and resettlement we are doing.
The Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Jagunmolu Akande Omoniyi assured that the state government would support the federal government in terms of physical infrastructure and other necessary support that NEMA could request for to ensure smooth delivery on the Presidential mandate.
Omoniyi stressed that the building would give way for proper channelization of the drains and better management of eco system.
“Just be rest assured that the federal government and the State government will do justice to provide this shelter for this category of people”, he said.