From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has admonished the residents of the State to abstain from indiscriminate dumping of refuse particularly in the streams, rivers, drainages and waterways.
He stated this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Ismail Omipidan and made available to media in kaduna yesterday.
The Governor urged the people to imbibe the spirit of personal hygiene.
He called for attitudinal change among the residents to waste disposal and management, saying government was committed to continually ensuring a flood-free State.
Governor Oyetola spoke recently during his unscheduled tour of some of the rivers, streams and waterways under dredging and channelisation in Osogbo, the State capital.
It will be recalled that Osun is one of the few States warned recently by the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to prepare for an imminent flood between the month of August and October this year.
According to the NEMA Director of Operations in charge of Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States, Mr. Olusegun Afolayan, 28 States and 102 Local Government Areas in the country risked being flooded due to the impending heavy rainfall in the country.
Addressing the journalists shortly after the inspection tour as a proactive response to NEMA directive, Governor Oyetola averred that his administration had come up with a sustainable way of managing its rivers, streams and waterways to forestall possible flood incidence.
He said government would not relent in its efforts to continue to open up its rivers and channelise its waterways and streams to ensure free flow of water across the nooks and crannies of the State.