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Ibadan Flood Control: We’ll Be Proactive In Preventing Natural Disasters, Says Makinde

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Ibadan flood control: We’ll be proactive in preventing natural disasters, says Makinde

The Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has expressed the readiness of his administration to take pro-active measures in preventing flood and disasters in the state.

The Governor made the remarks while speaking at the flag-off of the Mid-term review of the World Bank-sponsored Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, at the state capital.

Governor Makinde, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, declared that the government would change the approach to natural disasters and their impacts from the reactive mode to a proactive approach, adding that such a step would help in pre-empting and preventing the disasters and reducing their impacts.

The statement quoted the Governor as expressing the readiness of the Oyo State Government to continue to collaborate “with the World Bank on the IUFMP to develop ways to move from a reactive approach to disasters to a more proactive one of pre-empting and preventing natural disasters and reducing the disastrous impact.”

He said: “We will continue to give optimal support to the project until it completes its eight-year circle and realises its laudable objectives: “to provide fundamental and far-reaching solutions to the perennial and incessant flooding that has become typical of Ibadan.”

“Although we have not had any recent floods as bad as that which occurred in 2011, starting this last August, we had to issue flood alerts asking people who live in flood-prone areas to vacate those zones until the heavy rains recede.

“We know we can and have to do more both in the short, medium and long term. It saddens us that this last September, the communities of Oke Odo and Oke-Bola suffered heavy losses due to flooding.

“That is why we are presently working on the channelisation of major rivers in the state. The channelisation of the Ogunpa River and others will increase floodwater runoff capacity. We are also continually educating and sensitising our people on the dangers of poor sanitation and building houses in areas that contribute to flooding.

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