By bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo state government has charged residents of the state to adhere to flood advisories and messages that will assist in the prevention of perennial flood disaster in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG ), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun gave the charge on behalf of the state government during a press conference on Wednesday in Ibadan on “flood alert and precautionary measures for Ibadan metropolis and other parts of Oyo state.
She said, “We are required now, more than ever before, to clear our surroundings and street drain channels, avoid dumping wastes improperly, ensure that each household keeps a dustbin and patronising government-approved waste disposal contractors.”
She also urged residents to avoid building on flood plains, obtain a building permit from relevant statutory bodies before commercial building, among others.
The SSG. said it of paramount importance that people should take necessary precautions during heavy rainfall or in the event of flooding.
According to her, people living in houses built along flood plains should relocate to safer places, avoid the use of low bridges and culverts when the rain is persistent adding that whenever there is rainfall, people should avoid staying under high tension electricity installations.
She reaffirmed the commitment of the state government to ensure safety of the lives and property of citizens of the state and would not want them to suffer avoidable losses.
Adeosun earlier hinted that the state government processing of the proposed channelization of major rivers and water channels in Ibadan under the Ibadan urban flood management programme scheme is at an advanced stage.
In attendance at the press conference are stakeholders from identified lga’s, LCDA’ and communities prone to flood.