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Oyo State Dredges Eight Rivers, streams to Avert Flooding

By Yemi Olakitan

Throughout all of the state’s geopolitical zones, the Oyo State Government has dredged eight more rivers and streams that are prone to flooding.

The government claims that this is done to guarantee that flood risks are reduced and to provide safeguards against flood occurrences.

Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources had escorted a group of government representatives to the dredged rivers for evaluation on Saturday.

The Commissioner stated that the tour was essential to determine the extent of work and preliminary accomplishments on the projects, and he was represented by Oladipo Mukaila, Director of Environmental Engineering.

He reaffirmed that the Oyo State government is ready to stop any urban flooding this year, specifically fluvial flooding.

Recall that in the Annual Flow Outlook (AFO), the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) forecasted that river flooding will occur in a few states in the federation, including Oyo State.

As both agencies had projected, this has been occurring in certain states.

The Araromi River, the Boroboro River, the Isunwin Stream in Oyo Town, the Ora/Laka River in Ogbomoso, the Jalugbe Stream in Ilero, and the Telebu-Ayin-Opaleki River in Igboora, Ibarapa zone are among the rivers and streams that have recently been dredged, according to the Commissioner.

Others are the Fedomu River in Igbeti, Oke-ogun, Oyo State; Koba Stream, Ogboro Road, Saki; and Ogba Stream, Iseyin.

The team, which consists of representatives from the Bureau of Public Procurement, the Office of the Auditor-General of the State, and the Ministry of Environment, was pleased with the amount of effort done to stop flooding, which they said might have destroyed property and claimed lives.

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