Osun State Government on Thursday reacted sharply to allegations by the PDP in the state that it had frittered away ecological fund it received under former PDP government.
The state described as fallacious the demand by the Osun chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to justify how the state spent ecological funds in the wake of the flood that affected some parts of the state capital Osogbo on Wednesday.
The government said it smacks of total ignorance and mischief for the PDP not to recall how funds such as ecological funds were used to play dirty politics and victimize states under the control of the opposition party then.
In a statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, the state said Osun did not get any ecological fund to execute its massive projects, which prevented flood since 2011.
“Osun did not receive any ecological fund from the disastrous PDP Federal Government from November 27, 2010 to May 29, 2015. We have depended on our legitimate revenues from all sources to annually dredge our waterways up till 2015 when revenue decline hindered our efforts,” the Bureau’s statement, signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon, explained.
The Bureau said despite the dirty politics played by the PDP government at the centre, Osun State remained one of the few states that had never experienced any flooding since 2010/2011 till the unfortunate incident of September 13, 2016.
It said the government of Governor Rauf Aregbesola left no part of the state untouched in its proactive massive projects to save the environment.
The government asked the PDP to go back to its records to remind itself of the wickedness it perpetrated against states under opposition parties throughout its 16 years of clueless rule.
The statement added: “We are concerned with the agony of our citizens and shall do all in our power to limit the pains and prevent a re- occurrence, as we are committed to eliminating all hindrances to free flow of water in the canals, drainage systems and waterways in the state. All obstructions to free flow of water in these channels will be removed, while property blocking easy access to the drainage channels thus preventing adequate management of them will be separated.”
Calling on the people to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste into the canals, the government reminded residents of the need to patronize registered waste collectors and the authorized dump sites.
The statement also advised those seeing the unfortunate incident as avenue to jubilate to search their conscience, adding that the people of Osun State are quite aware of the massive projects executed to prevent flooding in the state since the inception of the administration.