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We Are Taking The Flood Warning Seriously – Oyo Govt.

Oyo State government has directed the full implementation of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, IUFMP, over an annual flood rainfall prediction report 2020 which listed eleven local government areas of the state as flood-prone areas.

Secretary to the Oyo State government, Mrs Olubanwo Adeosun gave the directive at a press conference held at the Oyo State Secretariat, Ibadan.

Mrs Adeosun urged the residents in the state to take the prediction seriously through clearing of drain channels, shunning indiscriminate dumping of waste and desisting from building houses on waterways. 

Earlier, the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, IUFMP, had organised a stakeholders’ meeting on the flood warning.

At the meeting, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Lateef Oyeleke called for community-based intervention in averting the predicted flooding. 

Also the Executive Secretary of Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, IUFMP, Mr Dayo Ayorinde said the agency was committed to implementing necessary intervention to mitigate the reoccurrence of flooding in the state.

Stakeholders at the meeting agreed to forge a common front to save the state from flooding through orientation of members of their communities.

The list of the probable flood-risk areas include Ona-Ora, Lagelu, Oyo East, Kajola and Egbeda.

Others are Ogbomoso South, Iseyin, Ibarapa North, Ibadan South West, Ibadan North West and Ibadan South East.

Iyabo Adebisi

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