By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Following the torrential rainfall that resulted in the overflow of Osun River, the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has said the government will embark on the dredging of rivers.
The Governor, in a public service announcement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, stated that the government is already taking measures to further dredge the River.
Oyetola however urged residents in the flood-prone areas to take necessary precautions to avoid loss of lives.
The Incessant rainfall in the Osogbo, the state capital and other some parts of the state has displaced many residents and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.
The downpour, had wrecked serious havoc in some parts of the metropolis.
In Osogbo, some of the affected areas include: Gbodofon community, Awosuru area, Onitodunu Baruwa Area, Idowu Ajibola area, Oke Arungbo Estate(Zone 10&11) and Ibu-Amo community among others.
It was gathered that the river surge could not allow the residents of the area to evacuate some of their belongings to a safer location.
Mr Kamoru Omolade, a mechanic around the area said the flood has washed away vehicle engines valued at N750,000. He added that about five mini inter city buses were also submerged.
Kamoru said, “It was just like a play when we noticed the surge in the river and it has already reached my chest before I could move some of the engines that customers brought to me for servicing.”
At Onirodunu, Baruwa area, the river surge started in the midnight on Friday and sipping into living apartments which caused people living along the street which is very close to the bank of the Osun River to start evacuating their personal belongings out of their houses.
Eyewitnesses stated that the whole problem started in the midnight when residents were awaken by flood which started flowing into their houses.
Alhaji Moshood Adigun, a resident stated that, they never knew Osun River could overflow to that extent.
He further explained that most of the houses were built very far from the river, wondering what could have caused the the unfortunate incident.
“We are calling on the government under the leadership of good Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola to come to our aid. We are in need of his assistance urgently.
“Government should help us. We are not planning to relocate but we need help,” the residents appealed.