We Are Prepared For Heavy Rains – Oyo Govt.

We Are Prepared For Heavy Rains – Oyo Govt.The Oyo State Government has assured residents and citizens of the state that necessary machinery has been put in place to ensure that there is no flooding in the state this rainy season.

The government also assured the people of its commitment to preventing natural disasters in the state in South-west Nigeria.

Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola, stated this while receiving members of the National Environment Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in his office.

Mr Ishola, who said the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) has listed the state among others that will experience heavy downpour in 2017, promised that government will continue to ensure a clean and safe environment.

“The State Government has embarked on sensitisation programmes, and dredging of rivers and streams have started in preparation for the heavy rains. Our administration is responsive and we attach seriousness to the business of governance.

“We also have respect for the sanctity of human lives and this is why we have put necessary machinery in motion to prepare for the heavy rains,” he explained.

The Commissioner noted that the efforts of NESREA in the environmental sustainability cannot be overemphasised, adding that the present administration in the state is working earnestly to ensure a sustainable and clean environment attractive to the investors.

He stated that two Mobile Environmental Tribunal Courts, already approved by the government, sit on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, as well as the State Waste Management Authority to prosecute sanitation offenders.

Ishola, however, said prosecuting offenders is not to place hardship nor to increase revenue, but to ensure compliance with the State Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management Regulations.

In his remarks, the Oyo State Coordinator of NESREA, Mr Obagiri Durotimi, said his visit to the Ministry was to introduce himself officially and to synergise with the Ministry to ensure environmental sustainability.

He noted that environmental issue is a collective responsibility for every individual.

Oyo Govt. NEMA Begin Flood Prevention Campaign

Flood, Oyo, NEMAThe Oyo State government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are creating awareness on flood prevention and control, as flood alerts become more intense.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola, gave reporters a hint about the collaboration in Ibadan, the capital of the state in Nigeria’s southwest region.

He said that the ministry had begun sensitisation campaign on the proactive measures to mitigate the effect of likely flood.

Mr Ishola also noted that the government would deal with anyone caught dumping refuse on the waterways.

NEMA Southwest Coordinator, Mr Akande Iyiola, also stated that officials of the agency have started addressing the people on the need to improve on hygiene and desist from blocking waterways with refuse.

He also appealed to those living near the waterways to evacuate such places.

The synergy between the government and NEMA is coming on the heels of warning signals contained in flood alerts issued by meteorologists at the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, to prepare Nigerians in the listed states on steps to take to avoid or at least reduce loss of lives and property in such areas.

In some of the flood endemic areas within Ibadan visited by Channels Television crew, construction works on bridges and culverts are in top gear, as part of efforts to find lasting solutions to flooding disasters.

Construction work has begun in four of the 14 flood prone sites identified by the World Bank while awareness campaign has been intensified across the state to prevent reoccurrence of the August 2011 flood disaster in the state.