AS part of government’s efforts to prevent flood in the state, the Ogun State Ministry of Environment has commenced dredging of 14 waterways across the State.
Speaking at the ongoing dredging exercise at Olosun River in Oja-Odan, Yewa South Local Government Area, the Commissioner for Environment Engr. Ayo Olubori, represented by the Director, Flood and Erosion, , Mr. Olatunji Adenuga, said the dredging exercise was part of government’s efforts to control flood during the rainy season.
Olubori explained further that six to seven months duration had been stipulated for the dredging exercise across the three senatorial Districts of the state, with major rivers and waterways to be dredged with the dredging machine “swamp boggy”, moving from one location to the other.
“The dredging exercise is part of the promise made by the governor to ensure that no lives or properties are lost to flood. As a responsible and responsive government, we don’t have to wait till disaster like flood happens before we take the necessary preventive measures. Over N13 million will be spent for the dredging exercise across the three senatorial districts”, he disclosed.
Olubori advised residents of the state to desist from the habit of dumping refuse in waterways and canals, saying that wastes were the major contributors to the blockage of waterways.
In his response, the Chairman, Community Development Association, Oja Odan, Alhaji Dara Adekunle, appreciated the gesture of the state government in the dredging of the Olosun River, noting that before the dredging flood was a major challenge they faced during rainy season.
Other waterways that have been dredged since the commencement of the dredging exercise include Gbogidi Waterways in Ilaro, the swampy area of Adiyewo coat waterways and Odon River in Sagamu Local Government Area.