…Begins Massive Dredging of Waterways, Rivers
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has warned residents of the State to abstain from indiscriminate dumping of refuse particularly in the streams, rivers, drainages, and waterways as well as imbibe the spirit of personal hygiene.
He called for attitudinal change among the residents to waste disposal and management, saying the government was committed to continually ensuring a flood-free State.
Oyetola spoke on Wednesday during his unscheduled tour of some of the rivers, streams and waterways under dredging and channelisation in Osogbo, the State capital.
It will be recalled that Osun is one of the few States warned recently by the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to prepare for an imminent flood between the month of August and October this year.
Addressing the journalists shortly after the inspection tour as a proactive response to NEMA directive, the Governor averred that his administration had come up with a sustainable way of managing its rivers, streams and waterways to forestall possible flood incidence.
He said the government would not relent in its efforts to continue to open up its rivers and channelise its waterways and streams to ensure free flow of water across the nooks and crannies of the State.
Oyetola disclosed that the State had identified 17 critical areas to be dredged and channelised adding that other flashpoints such as rivers, drainages and streams which were not part of the regular dredging routine had been incorporated to ensure that the State is free from any form of flood disaster.
He said: “We have some flashpoints where we believe there would be a flood. They are critical areas that we do dredge and aside that, there are other pockets of areas like streams, rivers and waterways that we used to dredge to avoid flood.
“This is an ongoing thing, we shall continue to do it to ensure that we do not have loss of life or property in our State. In some years past, one could experience floodings, but today I can say it categorically that there is nothing as such because it has become a thing of the past”.
The Governor commended the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Osun chapter, for their prompt and timely efforts to ensure that the State is safe and secure from flood disaster.
The Governor was accompanied by his Deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Adeleke Adebayo; and Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode among other members of the State Executive Council.