Oyetola advises residents around waterways to relocate

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As the late Tuesday downpour affected some communities in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, has advised occupants of buildings located along waterways and canals in the state to relocate temporarily.

The governor, who defied the torrential rain to have an on-the-spot assessment of the flooded areas, directed the officials of the Ministry of Works to move in immediately to relieve the victims of their losses and take measures to avert future occurrence.

According to the governor, his decision to visit the flooded area is further demonstration of his government’s commitment to the welfare of the citizens.

Sympathising with the victims, he attributed the cause of the flood disaster to the heavy rain.

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Oyetola said: “I decided to come around so as to assess the collapsed canal that caused the flooding. With what we have seen, the dam has to be properly looked into. W e will do the needful to ensure safety by involving the officials of the Ministry of Works and Water Corporation.

“We shall do everything to forestall future occurrence. I will implore people around the canal to evacuate and stay away temporarily.”

The heavy rain, which began at about 4:30 pm on Tuesday, flooded many parts of Osogbo, including Akindeko-Alekuwodo Market, Malam Tope area, Igbona, Testing Ground, Ayekale, Awosuru, Rasco, Agunbelewo and Mallam Tope area.

The flood sacked residents from their homes and traders from their stores, destroying property and goods worth hundreds of millions of naira.

At Malam Tope, the bridge linking communities in the area was washed away, making the roads impassable for residents.

A woman selling sewing materials, identified as Mama Yemi, at the Akindeko Market, narrated how the flood sacked the traders.

She said traders made efforts to salvage some of their wares, but were unable to bring out the bulk items due to the large volume of water that took over the area.

According to her: “Something like this has not happened in the past eight years. During Aregbesola’s first term, the market was reconstructed and there had not been flood since then.”

She, however, expressed gratitude to men of the Osun State Fire Service for ensuring that no one was trapped in the flood.

Also, the Administrative Officer of the State Fire Service, Fatai Aremu, who confirmed that no life was lost in the incident, said many parts of Osogbo experienced flooding.F

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