The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has revealed that buildings erected on waterways would be removed in a bid to check to flood in the state.
Ismail Omipidan, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said this on Saturday while inspecting the dredging of Osun River in Osogbo.
He noted that such buildings erected on waterways were blocking water flow, thus causing flooding in the state.
”With what we have seen, we have discovered that some buildings are encroaching on the waterways.
“And what this means is that it will be difficult for water to flow freely, and when this happens, flood will occur just like what we experienced last week.
“In our efforts to ensure that this occurrence did not happen again, we will not hesitate to take away some buildings on the waterways to avert flood to guarantee safety of our people,” Oyetola stated.
The Osun state governor equally warned residents against dumping refuse in waterways.
”We must all adhere strictly to proper disposal and management of refuse.
“This is the only way to keep our rivers and waterways safe from this occurrence.
“What had happened here clearly shows that a lot of refuse were dumped, causing blockages, affecting free flow of water, which eventually resulted into flooding,” Oyetola said.
The governor said that the dredging and channelisation of the river would help to widen the canals for free flow of water.