Ondo State Government has commenced channelisation of Alamoye/Ologede and Ala in Akure, the state capital which are prone to flooding.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Funso Esan who disclosed this added that desilting of drainages have also commenced along Oba Adesida via old garage to Ondo road as part of effort of the state government to checkmate flooding, while reminding the public of their responsibility of keeping the drainages around them clean at all times, saying government cannot do the work alone.
Esan made the call on a programme on the Ondo State Radio vision Corporation (OSRC) “Am Today” in Akure.
While speaking extensively on the efforts of the Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration to curtail flood in the state, he noted that the on-going mechanised channelisation work which has commenced in Akure at Alamoye/ Ologede and Ala down to Ayedun, is expected to cover all other flood prone areas which have been identified .
The Commissioner called for the cooperation of the people of the state in maintaining clean and healthy environment so as to make the state the cynosure of all eyes in terms of cleanliness in the country.
While appreciating the effort of the private company, ZL Global Alliance Esan allayed the fear of people living in the concerned areas and added that proper channelisation will continue until the desired result is achieved.
According to him, the waste management authority in collaboration with constituted task force would henceforth be out to enforce strict compliance of drainage clearing adding that culprits would be dealt with according to the stipulated environmental laws.
He, however, appealed to the people of the state to desist from dumping waste in drainages whenever it rains and imbibe the spirit of proper waste disposal in an effort to create an enabling environment for all.
While appreciating the intervention of the state government to prevent flooding in the state, Esan said the channelization work would be extended to other critical areas identified to be prone to flood issues in the state like, Ondo, Owo, Ikare Okitipupa and Igbokoda.