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A river located in Kara area of Ogun State dried up and the flat surface had grass growing on top of it and that came as a shock to residents.
Several of them were seen and photographed walking on the river which mysteriously disappeared and dried up.
The Lagos state government via Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya released a statement explained that the river didn’t dry up but was blocked by vegetation, he further explained that she River was still active and flowing beneath the vegetation that formed above it.
Part of the statement reads:
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“It is important to notify the public that have been worried about the environmental consequence of a dried up river to note that the flow of the river is still active beneath the vegetation and the situation is been evaluated. However, because of the compacted nature of the vegetation residents and onlookers are of the erroneous belief that the river has suddenly dried up and can walk across the vegetation.
“A lot of people that have turned the place to a tourist destination are unaware of the danger lying ahead. It’s important for the public to be aware that the vegetation can give away at any time and can lead to a potential disastrous situation,” he said.
He also advised residents to go about their lawful business and as well desist from the habit of parking on the bridge to take pictures, which according to him was causing serious traffic, hardship and loss of business time to other commuters on the road.
“Carrying out any activities on the blockage of this river is unsafe, dangerous and disastrous. Please keep off,” Akinsanya warned.
ENGR. Adebowale Akinsanya
Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development
JUNE 20, 2016