Oyo State Government is set to enforce all environmental laws as part of precautionary measures against the flood alert issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NHSA).
The State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola, stated this while addressing a press conference on the flood disaster risk strategies in Oyo state at the Conference room of the Head of service secretariat Agodi Ibadan.
Chief Ishola warned that members of the public should desist from dumping refuse into drainages, river channels and other unauthorised places, while street trading and building of kiosk and shanties on drainages should also be stopped forthwith.
This gathering is meant to generate a preliminary action to trigger off series of public sensitisation strategies on flood disaster risk reduction in Oyo State, while this administration continues the implementation of its strategic integrated flood disaster risk management program, it is imperative to start in earnest the raising of public awareness of the disaster, which is a key mitigating effort to reduce exposure and vulnerability.
Dumping of refuse into drainages, river channels and other illegal places are to be stopped forthwith.
He also warned that all buildings and structures sited along the flood plains are to be abandoned for eventual demolition by the relevant Government agencies.
Chief Ishola warned that residents of the state should avoid staying under high tension cable and should desist from using low and submerged bridges and culverts when the rain is persistent.
While speaking on the effort of the state Government in flood disaster risk Chief Ishola said the state Government has embarked on rehabilitation of drainages, culverts, bridges and Eleyele Multipurpose reservoir.
He said other nonstructural facilities being put in place includes provision of flood and weather forecasting system coupled with provision of Early warning system and human resources capacity training.
The fact that for the past five years, the threat of flooding had been reduced to the barest minimum level is an attestation of the deliverables of the inter-ministerial concerted efforts of the State Ministry which include rehabilitation of drainages, culverts, bridges, roads, Eleyele multipurpose reservoir and other critical socio-economic sites.”
In his contribution, the World Bank Project Coordinator Mr. Dayo Ayorinde said construction work has commenced in four out of the fourteen identified priorities sites which includes Sasa, Ola Adua, Ogbere Pegba, and Cele Rainbow.
While structural work have also commenced on Abatakan and Aba Once.
He said the project experienced a slight delay due to stringent conditions given by the World Bank for the commencement of the project.
Government representatives at the briefing include Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka among others.