Osun Election: Aregbesola Describes Protest By PDP Leaders As Irresponsible

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Friday reacted to the protest by leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the outcome of the Osun Election.

Aregbsesola told journalists during a visit to the presidential villa that the protest is nothing but a charade an act of irresponsibility.

“The party that was defeated in the election is already in the tribunal. So, I don’t know what the protest is meant to do.

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“It is a charade and an act of gross irresponsibility. After an election, the only option left for any responsible citizen is to go to the tribunal.

“If you are already in court and you are still doing a street protest, it is either you are not mentally stable or you need psychiatric attention.

The governor also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the enabling environment for a free and fair election in Osun State.

Leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier on Friday marched to the Abuja headquarter of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in protest.

They expressed displeasure at the outcome of the recently concluded Osun State Governorship election and demanded that INEC declare PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the Osun election.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, were among those that led the protest.

Fire Guts Aregbesola’s Office In Oshogbo

A section of Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s office located in Abeere, Oshogbo was on Monday gutted by fire.

The fire which started at around 5:00 pm and was put out shortly after by firefighters from the Osun State fire service.

The governor was however not in the office during the fire outbreak.

The State government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa said the fire was caused by a power surge which affected the air conditioner inside the governor’s office.

Baderinwa added it was a minor fire outbreak as no life or document was lost to the fire outbreak.

“Not a single document or equipment was destroyed and nobody was hurt. We reiterate that every document in the governor’s office is intact.

“It is not a serious fire outbreak.”

Baderinwa said the governor’s office was the only section of the state government secretariat affected by the fire.

He said it is regrettable that the electricity suppliers have been persistently unable to regulate the supply of power to meet the necessary standard.

He the electricity supplier to save this situation by conforming to the rules and regulations of electricity supply.

Ile-Ife Crisis: Aregbesola Inaugurates Commission Of Enquiry

Osun Farmers Praise Aregbesola Over Continued SupportGovernor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has set up a five-man commission of enquiry to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the bloody crisis that ravaged the ancient city of Ile-ife on March 8, 2017.

The Commission was given four weeks to complete its job and members include: Justice M.A Adeigbe who is the chairman, Mrs Bose Dawodu DCP (rtd), Barrister Ismail Ajibade, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Director of DSS and Mr Bisi Babalola, who will act as the secretary.

Aregbesola urged the commission to investigate and determine the true cause of the mayhem and identify the persons behind it, and their level of involvement.

The commission was also charged to recommend appropriate civil or criminal actions to be taken against the perpetrators.

According to him, there were reports that small arms and light weapons were deployed freely during the crisis, a fact which he described as disturbing and frightening.

“It has implication for security of lives and property and the potential for more conflicts beyond the immediate theatre of war, if not nipped in the bud.

“I want you to look into this. The sources and the current location of these arms and their custodians should be investigated and determined. They should all be recovered.

“There are also reports that cultists who have no regard for human lives were recruited into the mayhem for a fee. This is most disheartening. Please investigate this and unearth the roles they played and let the law be applied without fear or favour.

“I charge this commission to be courageous and fearless. Undertake this assignment with all seriousness and the fear of God. You should pursue the truth and not fear where it will lead to.

“We want justice for all, like Martin Luther King Jr, once said: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”, to the victims and the perpetrators alike, as I wish you success on this crucial assignment,” Aregbesola said.

The governor also cautioned residents of the state not to pre-empt the outcome of the enquiry, noting that it would be prejudicial to the efforts of the law enforcement agencies.

He further stated that it was unwise and wicked for anybody to describe the violence in the Sabo area of Ile-Ife as a religious or tribal war.

“The police and other law enforcement agencies have assured all that the rule of law would be strictly adhered to and would be allowed to prevail. We owe them support and the need for patience until the final outcome, since investigation into the matter continues.

“In the light of the ongoing investigation, therefore, we do not want to pre-empt the outcome by making statements prejudicial to the efforts of the law enforcement agencies.

“However, we have no doubt that this is not an inter-ethnic, inter religious or inter regional conflict by any stretch of the imagination. It was just an ugly development, a breach of public peace, masterminded by hoodlums and criminals resulting to loss of lives and property.

“We should all therefore disabuse our minds of ethnic bias by denying the narrative of inter-ethnic conflict between the Yoruba and Hausa community in Ile Ife, because it was not.

“It is the duty of government to guarantee the welfare and security of all people in its area of jurisdiction. This we shall do to the best of our ability and with all the resources at our disposal, without fear or favour,” Aregbesola maintained.

 

Suspected Hoodlums Set Osun High Court Ablaze

Osun State High CourtA section of the Osun State High Court located in Ayeso area of Ilesha  has been set ablaze by some unknown persons.

A witness told Channels Television that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, resulting to destruction of valuable documents in Court One.

It was also gathered that the security men on duty were tied up, while one of the guards was injured with a machete by the perpetrators as they tried to gain access into the court premises.

The Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo, who visited the scene to assess the level of damage done, declined granting interviews on the incident.

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However, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilesha branch, Ebenezer Ogunfunminiyi, who was on the entourage of the Chief Judge condemned the attack on the court of law.

Mr Ogunfunminiyi stressed that the lawyers would henceforth boycott the court, claiming that it was obvious that their lives were in danger.

He noted that efforts were in top gear to reach Governor Rauf Aregbesola and make him see the need for adequate security of lives of workers in the court.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the incident, said that the force has fortified the premises of the court with more security personnel.

She also assured the public that the police had begun investigation to nab the perpetrators of the act.

“The police are fully aware of the incident and when we were called upon, we responded swiftly to the scene of the incident and ensured that the fire did not go beyond where it had destroyed.

“Also, we sent men to the place for adequate security and beef up all entries to the court premises.

“Right now we do not have any suspects but one thing we are certain about is that investigation is ongoing and we will surely get the people who are behind this incident.

“We have many of our men stationed there right now including mobile policemen to beef up the security and as we proceed with hour investigation, we will surely apprehend the culprits,” Odoro stated.

Osun State House Of Assembly Reels Out Legislative Target For 2017

osun-house-of-assemblyThe Osun State House of Assembly has resumed legislative activities, with the House reeling out its target for 2017.

As the House resumed on Tuesday after the festive holidays, the Speaker, of the House, Honourable Najeem Salaam, felicitated with the people of the state, saying that the peace and tranquility that prevailed in the state in the previous year were marvelous and desirable.

He requested for the continuity of the two factors which he said had enhanced development in the state.

‘Fine Species’

In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Goke Butika, the Speaker described the people of the state as ‘fine species’ among the tribes of people on earth, asserting that their patience and political sophistication had made the delivery of dividends of democracy from Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration possible.

He acknowledged that 2016 was very challenging because of the economic recession and nose-diving purchasing power which had forced people to endure certain degree of lack.

The Speaker, however, believes that 2016 ended on a promising note, with the government’s part payment of outstanding salaries of the workers.

He said hope rose on modulated salaries and work-in-progress developmental projects in different sites across the state.

Speaker Salaam then rolled out that the New Year resolutions from the parliament in 2017, which he said would be hinged on continuous oversight functions, constitution of democratic governance at the Local Government councils, reformulations of legislative instrument for education and health sectors among others.

He further called for more unalloyed support to the state parliament and the government in general, advising the people to have a common purpose that touches on development of the state irrespective of their political leaning.

“Osun must be seen as our collective patrimony,” he said and wished the residents a Happy New Year.‎

Ooni Pledges Support For Government’s Policies Targeting Development

Ooni Of Ife Pays Surprise Visit To Osun NYSC Camp At EdeThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, says he and his subjects will support any policy introduced by Governor Rauf Aregbesola that will bring development to Osun State.

Oba Ogunwusi made the promise at his palace where he met with members of Osun Internal Revenue Service (OIRS).

Members of the OIRS had come to introduce a new development levy to the people of Ile-Ife.

The traditional ruler emphasised that tax payment was the key to economic survival of the state and urged the people of the state to imbibe the culture of tax payment.

Explaining the new levy to the people of Ile-Ife, the Chairman of OIRS, Mr. Dayo Oyebanji, said tax payment remained the only viable option to fast-track infrastructural development in the state.

He said the levy became necessary due to dwindling allocation from the Federation Account.

According to Oyebanji, whatever is generated in each community would be recorded and used to develop such community.

He said motorcycle, tricycle and Korope in the state would attract 50 Naira daily, while tipper/trailer and other heavy-duty trucks would pay 200 Naira daily.

“Traders will pay 50 Naira on market days while artisans – barbers, carpenters, bricklayers, among others – would pay 100 Naira weekly,” he said.

The official of the revenue collection office, however, urged the traditional ruler, the people of Ile-Ife and environs to cooperate with the government in order to take the state to a higher level.

Also speaking, a consultant on Development Levy, Mr Solanke Hamzat, noted that the levy was different from the local government levy traders pay on market days.

He added that the state government would not relent in its efforts at executing projects that would better the lot of the people.

In their responses, the people urged the government to harmonise the levies.

On his part, Oba Ogunwusi urged the revenue body to set up another platform where people at the grassroots would be properly educated.

“We are ready to support the government but I’m advising you to have a proper dialogue with concerned associations in Ile-Ife so as to succeed in the task,” the traditional ruler said.

Aregbesola Asks Traditional Rulers To Mobilise Subjects For Development

Rauf Aregbesola, Osun, BudgetGovernor Rauf Aregbesola has implored traditional rulers in Osun State to mobilise their subjects for the development of their domains and by extension, the state.

At the coronation and presentation of staff of office and instruments of appointment to the Olu of Owode Ede, Oba Nurain Azeez, Aregbesola urged all residents of the state to rededicate themselves to efforts that would promote growth and development of their communities.

He charged traditional rulers to see to the security of their domains while also imploring residents to be law abiding and live peacefully with one another.

The governor also wants traditional rulers to encourage their subjects to pay their taxes and rates regularly

Addressing the gathering on behalf of the governor, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Moshood Adeoti, said: “Today’s event is another demonstration of the respect and attention this administration accords the Traditional Institution.

“Our revered Royal Father’s have a pride of place in Osun state. It cannot be otherwise as we all know that the State of Osun is the source of all Yorubas.

“The success recorded by this administration in the area of communal peace and harmony could not have been achieved without the cooperation and support of our revered Royal.fathers.

“We are indeed very grateful for your assistance at all times and we implore you to continue to play your fatherly roles on us all”.

He further thanked all indigenes of Owoade-Ede for their support for the administration in the last six years

“I urge you not to relent in fulfilling your civic duties by paying your taxes and rates promptly.

“I urge you also to extend a warm hand of fellowship to the Olu of Ondo -Ede and cooperate with him in the onerous task of developing this community.

“I implore all the people residing in Owoade -Ede to be law abiding and live peacefully with one another. All of us should realise that no meaningful development can be achieved in an environment that is full of rancour,” Governor Aregbesola stressed.

The new Olu of Owoade, His Royal Highness, Oba Nurain Adewuni, Ibiloye Ajibola ‎One appreciated the governor for his efforts at ensuring that Traditional Rulers were accorded their deserved respect.

He promised to be a good leader to the people.

“I shall always remain grateful to his excellency, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, for his support like granting of Ede North Area council and 10 kilometre road linking wooden -Ede with Bara. I assure the governor that my people will pay their taxes and levies as and when due.

“All the necessary support expected by the governor will be given by us at Owoade -Ede,” the Royal father said.

The monarch then placed some needs before the state government saying: “My people, the community of wooden-Ede, are asking for more. Two 500KVA electricity transformers, more road for easy accessibility for more agricultural products transportation, potable water, a befitting modern high school and agricultural preservatives research centre that is required in order to enable farmers preserve their produce”.

‎ The stool of the Olu Owode Ede was recently elevated to part two recognised status under the chiefs law of the state.

Osun Assembly Asks Nigerians To Be Optimistic In 2017

osun-house-of-assemblyOsun State House of Assembly under the leadership of Honourable Najeem Salaam wants Nigerians to embrace the New Year with high sense of purpose, positive resolve and optimism.

The Assembly hinged its submissions on the determination and signals from the efforts of the government, which it said had rekindled hope that the economic challenges facing the nation would be tackled in the New Year.

In a New Year message of the Assembly, by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the lawmakers noted that the efforts of the government had shown that there was commitment to bring succour to the citizens.

Can-Do-Spirit

The parliament, which acknowledged the tenacity and perseverance of Nigerians in the face of economic recession, called for more support for government policies and programmes aimed at revamping the economy.

It also encouraged the people to approach the New Year with positive outlook and can-do-spirit, saying, since the act of insurgency has been largely curtailed by the subjugation of Sambisa Forest, the base of Boko Haram, the government would be able to concentrate more on how to tackle the economic challenges facing the country.

The parliament, however, pointed out that there was need for effective collaboration between the government and the people, which, it said, was imperative to overcome the nation’s pressing socio-economic challenges.

It urged Nigerians at the Individual level to be more strategic, proactive, forward looking and look inward in order to add value to the National agenda.

According to the Assembly, the steps that have been taken so far by the present government at the national and state levels are strong indications that within a short term, Nigerian would start counting the achievements and progress recorded by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the area of economy.

The Assembly also commended the state government under Governor Rauf Aregbesola for summoning the leadership courage to tackle the hard economic effects.

It said that the state government, with the support of the state House of Assembly, had done remarkably well in addressing some of the burning issues to make life more meaningful to the people in the face of recession.

“The State Assembly is delighted that notwithstanding the negative effects of the economic recession, the government efforts towards addressing the issues, have given members of the House of Assembly hope.

“As Nigerians, we must therefore celebrate and approach the New Year with strong determination and optimism that we will overcome our challenges as a nation sooner than later.

“To achieve this, it is very crucial for the government and the people to continue to work together to ensure total restoration of our economy and set it on the path of progress once more,” it said.

The Assembly then assured residents of Osun State that it would continue to apply appropriate legislative mechanism that would boost economic growth and plug leakages in the state finances to make citizenry more comfortable.

Free Train Ride Beneficiaries Want Government To Revive Sector

free-train-ride-osun-christmasThe need for the Federal Government to do more to revive the rail sector has again come to the fore, as thousands of persons arrive Osun State with the ‘Aregbesola Free Yuletide Train‎ Ride’.

They say a good rail system will alleviate the suffering of the people and save lives from auto crashes on the nation’s highways.

As the over 2,000 persons, who benefitted from the free train ride arrived in Osun State on Saturday, encomium poured out for Governor Rauf Aregbesola for putting in place the scheme to assist the less privileged.

The train, which took off from ‎Lagos State terminal at about 11:00 a.m. moved through Abeokuta, Ibadan and Ede and finally arrived in Osogbo around 7:00 p.m.

The Director of Commerce and Investment Promotion in the Osun State Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperative and Empowerment, Mrs Mary Asaolu, told reporters that the free train was a means of easing transport issues of people who are interested in returning home for any festive season but are financially incapacitated.

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Mrs Mary Asaolu,

She said: “Actually, this Aregbesola Free Train Ride started in 2011 ‎by the administration of the governor and it has been on since then. So, far 93,000 people have benefited from this free train ride and it comes on during festive periods either Ileya which is the celebration of Sallah or Christmas for Christians. The aim is just to make life better for our people.

“You can see that they are very happy, as they descend from the train. For many of them, the road fare has gone up as far as 3,000 to 4,000 Naira to come down home, but with this free train, they have been able to come home to celebrate with their family members. About 2,210 people came with this train.

“During Ileya period we have the highest population and Government has provided for that number of coaches.

“The rial system is the safest and majority of these people have to come home with their children and their goods. If they have to go by road, how much will they be paying? It will be exorbitant for them. Besides, there is less accident using the rail system. This is why the government has opted for this to use to bring the people home.”

“By the coming home of this people, the economy of Osun is bound to improve. When they were coming down from the train, I saw someone with tiles and another with foods. Many have come to sell these items and that is the aim of the government.

“This is why we have Dagbolu Market to be the hub of the state.

“The government expects that when people come in they will engage in by buying and selling and by so doing the economic base of the state will definitely increase,” she told reporters.free-train-ride-osun

Adeoye Oluwaseyi is one of those who boarded the train from Lagos. He says “the governor has really tried for us, we are only hoping that whoever will take over from him will continue this same scheme because we really love this.

“I can only advise other governments particularly the Federal Government to revive our ailing train system. It is a good means of transportation.

“I decided to come with the train because there is very terrible hold up on the road at this period and the rail system I must say is very safe. Above all, the recession period is one other major reason for coming with the train. I cannot spend the huge fare transporters are asking for. It is a good thing that the governor has done for us and we must really commend him for this gesture”.

For Godwin Oyelowo, the train ride was his first experience. He told Channels Television that he was so happy to have benefited from the Aregbesola Free Train Ride.

“This is the first time I will be taking the train ride from Lagos to Osun. I heard about it and I decided to try it out. It is a wonderful experience. This government has really tried and they should not stop what have started at all,” he appealed.

Then train is expected to lift passengers back to Lagos from Osogbo on December 27.

PDP Claims Osun Govt. Wants To Divert Funds From Paris Club Deductions

Court Adjourns PDP Leadership Suit IndefinitelyThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola, of “scheming to divert funds from Paris Club deductions” paid to the state recently and meant to offset workers’ arrears of salaries and pensions.

The opposition party in a statement by its spokesman in the state, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said that rather than pay workers’ full salaries, Governor Aregbesola opted for half pay for those at top echelon of the service and 75% for others.

Osun State recently announced receipt of over 11 billion Naira being the state’s share of the over-deducted funds from the state in repayment of debt owed Paris Club.

The party claimed that out of all states in the country that got over deductions repayment, only Osun is not yet paying workers’ salaries in full and queried continuous payment of half salaries by the government even with hard-biting economic realities in the country.

It claimed that “the mode of payment of salaries being adopted for the utilisation of the over 11 billion Naira funds got by Aregbesola was similar to how he mishandled the over 34 billion he got as bailout in September last year”.

“Kogi and Plateau that got refunds of over deductions have subsequently announced that all outstanding workers’ salaries and pensions should be paid and they have been paid”

“Why is Osun’s case different? Aregbesola has been employing all manners of underhand tactics just to ensure bulk of the funds given to him is diverted again. We got hint this would happen and advised the federal government to pay workers directly.

“With this development, we have been vindicated. Osun PDP demand urgent intervention of all relevant agencies of federal government to ensure fund meant for salaries is not diverted again. We also urge the Senate to speed up the probe of utilisation of bailout funds got by Aregbesola last year and the admission that the sum of three millions Naira is still being kept in some Banks.

“The probe should be completed on time to serve as deterrent. Within two days, after the show of shame called probe by the state lawmakers, three billion Naira was declared as left-over of 34 billion Naira bailout. Strangely, two days later, the figure was refuted and the left over was put at three million Naira. We believe with the probe panel of the Senate due in the state soon, truth will be unveiled,” the party stated.

Meanwhile, the Osun State government had on Friday confirmed the receipt of the over 11 billion Naira fund.

The government had said that based on the received fund, the Governor had approved an upward review of the existing salaries and pensions payment structure with the aim of further easing the financial strains foisted on the workers and pensioners as a result of the national economic challenge the country has faced in recent times.

The statement further gave a breakdown of how payments would be made, with the government saying the decision was reached after exhaustive deliberations by the Revenue Apportionment Committee which comprises representatives of workers and the government, under the leadership of Comrade Hassan Sumonu.

Osun Pensioners Threaten To Shut Down State Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

Osun Pensioners, Payment Of SalariesPensioners in Osun have threatened to shut down the state, if the government fails to pay all their outstanding pension and gratuity.

They stated this during a protest staged in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital.

The pensioners in large number gathered at the former Fakunle High School Osogbo, as early as 7:00 am for a prayer session, before moving to old garage via olaiya/MDS road towards Okefia/Alekuwodo, before they stopped at the olaiya roundabout.

Their protest caused a breakdown in vehicular movement and other activities in the area for more than two hours.

According to the Chairman of the 2011/2012 forum retirees in Osun, Ilesanmi Omoniyi, apart from their gratuities, government is still owing pension arrears of more than 10 months.

He explained the difficulties faced by retirees who are mostly aged, saying “things have not been easy due to the non-payment of their entitlements and more than 1,000 members of the union have lost their lives, while many are bedridden”.

Mr Ilesanmi advocated full payment of their benefits from the state government, having received half payment for more than a year.

He then stressed that the retirees did not deserve non-payment of their benefits having served the state for 35 years.

Referring to the Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, Ilesanmi said “he is owing us ten and half months pension and gratuity between 2008 and 2012”.

“He has placed us on half pension since July 2015 and the half payment is not even regular, so that makes our members to be dying and we’ve lost many of them”.

Furthermore he said, “as i’m talking to you today, one of our members who is a woman from Ipetumodu, died of stroke yesterday”.

The only way to avoid disruption of peace, activities and harmony in the state, is for the state government to pay their dues in no time, Mr Ilesanmi emphasized.

The senior citizens also insisted that the bailout fund given to the state by President Muhammadu Buhari, for the payment of workers salary and pensions, was diverted by the state government.

Also addressing the issue, Mr Yemi Lawal said many of them have been sent out by landlords, while their children are out of school, as it has become difficult to pay their tuition fees.

Some other retirees who spoke to Channels Television, equally lamented the hardship they’ve been going through since they retired from active service.

In reaction to this, a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications, Media and strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said:

“As I write this, some are getting alerts for August while some had received since yesterday.

“It does not sound too good that the protest by this group is taking place the very day the pensioners are getting their pay because we know this is not supported by the majority of pensioners in the state.

The statement further read: “Local government and primary school pensioners have been paid up to August 2016, like all workers in the State.

“Same goes for the pensioners of the state government. The arrangement is that pensioners earning below N20, 000 are paid in full, while those earning above N20, 000 are paid 50%.”

Furthermore, “While we sympathize with our workers and pensioners alike, for not paying up to date, it’s pertinent to state that this is not peculiar to Osun and indeed, Osun has made efforts that should be commended by all, especially in the face of national cash crunch. ” he stressed.

The protest is coming almost three months after the last one that took place when the state marked its 25th year of creation on the 27th of August.

Osun Flood: Government Promises To Clear Waterways Again

Rauf Aregbesola Osun State governor on flood The Osun State government has promised to intensify efforts to ensure that waterways are cleared to avert a recurrence of flooding that led to the death of one person and destruction of property.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his Deputy, Mrs Titilayo Tomori-Laoye, made the promise on Wednesday evening when they visited some of the areas affected by the flood to commiserate with them.

Addressing reporters at the Cac Oke Igbala DCC Headquarters in Gbonmi area of Osogbo, Governor Aregbesola said his administration was deeply sorry for the loss of life and property of the people.

Regularly Desilting Waterways

The Governor urged the residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse, which he said was largely responsible ‎for the flooding.

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Vehicles submerged after the rains

He said his administration had in time past invested so much in dredging the major waterways identified as flood prone zones ‎to avert such occurrence.

Governor Aregbesola, however, promised that his government would ‎intensify efforts at ensuring that the waterways were made free to avert future occurrence.

“We have been very much committed to ensuring absence of this calamity.

“Since the advent of the administration, we have been regularly desilting the waterways on an annual basis.

He said that although the state had received a flood alert, the government had, considering its deflooding efforts, it never expected it to have the devastating effect.

It had rained heavily for hours in Osogbo the capital of Osun State, resulting to flooding of some communities.

Residents said help that came from the emergency agencies or the state authorities was late.

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Residents said the low nature of the bridge contributed largely to the flooding

Channels Television’s correspondent, who returned to the scene of the incident, said residents property have been destroyed and the flooding has left one person dead.

A woman and her daughter were trapped in a store just as many of the residents around one of the communities were stranded after a bridge collapsed.

One of the residents affected said the cause of the flooding was a bridge that they said drainages within the area were channeled, which they insisted was too low.

“The government should break down that bridge and carry it up just like that of Ajegunle and create a very good gutter here. That is all we need,” he requested.