The Oyo State Government is said to have promised to support victims of flood that ravaged some parts of Ibadan, the state capital on Tuesday.
It assured them that there would be prompt repair of roads, culverts and drainages affected by the flood.
Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Otunba Moses Adeyemo made this declaration when he led a combined team of State Government functionaries, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) officials to the flooded areas in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Places visited include Celestial Church of Christ, Orogun; Ojoo-Shasha road; Egberi river, Olodo; Ipari-Oda-Oki-Orogbangba area and Onipepeye river, Old Ife road.
Adeyemo warned residents to stop dumping refuse on water ways, noting, “It is unfortunate this has happened despite many numerous preventive measures put in place by the government, which include dredging of rivers, urban renewals and plans and various sensitization programmes.
“Despite this, some of our people have not stopped the habit of dumping refuse indiscriminately.”
“However, we will not rest on our oars and our government, being a responsible one will provide succor for the affected people and commence repairs of roads, culverts and drainages. We hope to complete the repairs before the end of this year,” the Deputy Governor explained.
He admonished residents to play their role in avoiding a reocurrence of the natural disaster by adhering to environmental laws and patronizing Oyo State government registered waste disposal agents, warning that house owners at river banks should relocate or leave their residences during heavy downpour.
He lamented the unprofessional attitude of some Structural Engineers who do not leave set-backs before construction of buildings and consequently called for professional building ethics to ensure that due processes were followed during constructions.
Representative of NEMA, Mr. Yakubu Sulaiman promised its readiness to always support the State as it had done in the past, assuring that the agency will continue to fulfill its obligations to the people of the country.