Oyo dredges water channels to battle flooding
The Oyo State Government has embarked on fresh dredging of water channels and rivers in flood prone areas in Ibadan metropolis to avert flooding disaster.
The latest action came on the heels of the six hour downpour on Monday the 5th of September 2016, a situation which increased water levels in streams and rivers in Ibadan city.
A source said the dredging will affect areas where flood caused destruction in the August 26, 2011 flood disaster. It will include Oke-Ayo, Gbekuba, Omi Adio, New Garage and Odo-Ona areas of Ibadan.
Two weeks ago, the government mobilized its officials to embark on house-to-house sensitization campaign on the need for the residents to keep away from flood prone areas to avoid deaths and destruction of property during this period of rain and flooding.
At Odo-Ona/Apata river, government officials were seen dredging the Odo-Ona river, which claimed many lives and properties during the August 26, 2011 flood disaster that ravaged many parts of the city.
One of the officials, who accompanied the Caterpillar used in dredging the river, said the government decided to embark on the exercise to avert flooding disasters this season.
Officials of the Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA) were also present during the fresh exercise which begun yesterday Tuesday the 6th of September 2016.
OYSEMA Secretary, Mr. Akin Makinde, led officials of the state agency to Gbekuba in Ido Local Government to meet with residents last week.
Makinde appealed to the residents to ensure that the drainages were free from refuse dumps to prevent flood disaster.