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Flood: Proactive Measure Of Aregbesola Has Saved Many Lives In Osun- Prof Oyawoye

From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO

Osun State Government on Tuesday disclosed that it has spent a sum of N2billion in dredging and expanding all water ways in the state in order to put a lasting end to the perennial flood that has ravaged the state in years past.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Professor (Mrs) Olubukola Oyawoye, made this disclosure while featuring on the programme ” Newspoint”, a programme put together by the Nigeria Union of Journalists {NUJ}, Correspondent Chapel, Osun State.

About six pupils were swept away in 2010 at Gbonmi area of Osogbo by flood on 7th July, 2010 while coming from their schools, a situation that sparked confusion in the capital city as some embittered parents threatened then to stone the then Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

But speaking on Tuesday, Oyawoye noted that the present administration has been able to stop the menace of flood in the state in the past three years, saying that the proactive measure of the Governor Aregbesola led administration has saved many lives and mostly the pupils and students in the state.

According to Oyawoye, “flooding was the order of the day when this administration came on board on 27thh November, 2010, but in the last three years of this government nothing of such has happened. The government has been able to expand over 120 kilometers of water ways in over 100 communities.

“Whatever we (government) have spent on dredging cannot be equated with what could have been lost in one day if the water ways have not been cleared. The proactive measure of Governor Aregbesola has saved so many lives and property and has put an end to the flood that ravaged Osogbo on July 7, 2010”.

While saying that the government has succeeded in converting organic waste to energy through her ministry ‘O’ Clean programme, Professor Oyawoye said that the state government now has bio-gas adding that it is targeting household use of the cooking biog bio-gas.

Oyawoye also revealed that the government has approved the building of four meteorologist centres in Iwo, Ilesa, Ila and Ile-Ife that will compliment the two already functioning centres at Ido-Osun and Okuku thus improving the broadcast of weather forecast in the state.

The commissioner while commending the people of the state for changing for better in the area of sanitation of their environments stressed that local governments in the state have been charged to have dumping sites.

She maintained that the people of the state have been adhering strictly with the policies of Governor Aregbesola in his effort to rebrand the state adding that the government has succeeded in inculcating good virtues to the people.

Oyawoye posited that the state has experienced dramatic alterations in several spheres of infrastructural and human capital development in the last three years of the advent of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

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