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Flood Disaster: Oyo govt to launch drainage master plan, relocate flood victims

...as hundreds rendered homeless, properties, farmlands destroyed

Following flooding which rendered many residents of Ibadan, homeless and millons of properties destroyed, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday directed the execution of a drainage masterplan under the  Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project IUFM  within the next 18 months.

The rain , which started at about 3.20pm , lasted for about four hours in which many homes were flooded.

The flood were experienced in most parts of the city including New Garage, Olodo, Oke-Ado, Ososami, Gbekuba, Apata, Omi-Adio, Eleyele, and Old-Ife road, among other areas

Most of the affected households were seen early Wednesday morning evacuating flooded domestic items like mattresses, bed, chairs, pillows, clothes and other belongings which were brought to dry in the sun.

Likewise, a good number of  farmlands , especially fish-ponds and crops were destroyed by the flood in the ancient city

However, the governor, on an on-the-spot assessment of the flood affected areas of Ibadan said that the execution of a drainage masterplan under the IUFM would help prevent perennial flood disaster in the state.

The governor, on a tour of the areas including Oke- Omi, Ikumapayi, Olodo and Onipepeye Bridges at Sawmill all in Ibadan on Wednesday, gave the directive saying that he has directed the Local Chairmen in the areas to begin work on the affected bridges immediately.

Makinde further declared that the Ministry of Environment should  enumerate the properties affected by the flood at Olodo area with a view to relocating some of the residents to other areas.

According to him, like we can see out there, the bridge is undersized. There is a drainage master plan for Oyo State under the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), this has been identified and I think we have to keep taking them out one at a time. So, I have asked the local government chairman to write for approval, and work will start immediately on it.

“IUFMP is already dredging the river. The remaining thing is just to put a properly sized bridge across it and we will do that.

“By the time we are able to get all the projects under the IUFMP executed, the issues of flood will be dealt with and it is only then that the rainy season will not be any problem for us. It is work in progress and I believe that, in the next 18 months, there will be appreciable improvement and our people can sleep with their eyes closed even if it is raining heavily.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde,  Taiwo Adisa,quoted  the governor as saying “on structures obstructing the waterways, we will have to take some of them out. At the main road at Olodo, some people already moved out by themselves. So, the government will enumerate such properties and then see how we can relocate people there.”

He also enjoined the people to desist from actions capable of aggravating flooding, including dumping of wastes in river channels and waterways, which he said may result in the blockage of drainage and river channels.

While urging people living close to flood-prone areas to vacate the areas to avoid loss of lives and valuable properties to the flood, he promised that his administration will continue to give succour to those affected by flooding.

“Palliative is general. We are faced with a pandemic and we are also faced with an economic meltdown. So, palliative is something that is continuous for all the people,” he said.

Some of the places visited by the governor included Garage Olodo, Ikumapayi, Oke Omi, Omi River, Under Bridge Onipepeye and Sawmill, all within the Ibadan metropolis.

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