By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has charged its residents to be alive to their responsibilities towards the prevention and management of flood in the state.
This was just as it reassured that the current administration will not renege in its efforts to avert environmental disasters which might be caused by heavy flooding.
These was disclosed during the inauguration of another round of river and waterways dredging by Governor Gboyega Oyetola in Iwo Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Special Adviser on Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Rufus Oyegbile said the government has responded to the warning by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) which forecasted Osun as high probable flood risk state by embarking on intensive flood control and management system to protect the lives and property of citizens.
“We must have it on record, that in the last two years, the government has done a lot on dredging of rivers and waterways across the length and breath of the state which include; Osin, Sheusheu, Maaye, Arungbo, Odo-Ori, Aganga, , Olobedu Akintokun, Ijetu, Awesin – Elentere Alagbadun – Arioyun – Aketi-Osin- Amuni, Atile Esinmirin, Agbara – Opa rivers and lake 264, to mention but a few.
“Although our efforts have been challenged with the recent flood incidence in some parts of the state, as this affirms the need for serious and urgent action by the government and all other critical stakeholders,” he added.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye noted that sensitization, awareness campaign on flood preparedness is imperative because of the consequences of flooding, which would impact negatively on people in various communities.
He, however, appealed to community leaders especially at the grassroots to continue sensitizing people in their domains against dumping of refuse and erecting of structures on water channels as part of the preventive measures against flooding.
Oyintiloye added that all stakeholders must as a matter of duty reawaken the conciousness of the people towards communities services such as clearing of drainages and waterways which are also part of social responsibility so as to allow free flow of waters.
This, he stated, will also play a complementary role towards the efforts put in place by the government to avert hazardous effect of flood during raining season.
In their separate remarks, the Director-General, Bureau of Social Services, Mr. Richard Tinubu, the lawmaker, representating Iwo State Constituency, Hon. Halil Uzamot, Special Adviser on Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon Mumini Adekunle Abass appreciated Governor Oyetola for deeming it fit to salvage the flood-ridden areas in the state and commended him on his wondrous achievement in all the sectors.