By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Sunday Akinwalire has assured residents of government’s resolve to reduce incidences of flooding to the barest minimum in order to safeguard lives and property just as he added that no life has been lost in the state to flooding.
He gave the assurance while speaking with The Hope in Akure on Wednesday.
According to him the era of flooding in the state has become a thing of the past noting that the present administration led by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had put adequate measures in place to ensure that incidences of flooding fades into oblivion.
He explained that Governor Akeredolu had prepared ahead to eradicate flooding which used to be applicable to the state among several others in Nigeria stating that he ensured the procurement of additional amphibious escavators in addition to the one on ground.
While speaking further, he revealed that even though there has been flooding in 32 states of the nation, which according to him has claimed over 600 lives with several others sustaining degrees of injuries, he said the state has been full of luck to not record a single life lost to flooding.
He gave kudos to the Governor for his concerted efforts in ensuring that lives and property were protected especially in the area of environmental mishap in the state while also applauding other stakeholders in the environment sector which according to him have been working tirelessly especially in the area of disilting of drainages etc, to ensure that the state does not play host to it.
He advised residents to be mindful of the environment, stating that they should shun the act of illegal dumping of refuse especially in water ways and drainages adding that they should keep their environment clean saying “the climate change being experienced all over the world give rise to the challenge of flooding.”
While commiserating with victims of flooding in some other states of the nation, He stressed the need for Federal Government (FG) to always be proactive stating that efforts should be put in place by Local, State and Federal Governments to combat flooding in future.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), had issued several warnings to Nigerians especially with the latest which was earlier this month that they should expect more flooding in the coming days, following the information obtained from the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).