Osun begins dredging of waterways

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Femi Makinde, Osogbo

Osun State Government has begun the dredging of waterways in major towns in the state in order to ensure that there is no loss of lives or properties as the rains increase.

The Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Mr. Idowu Korede, said this in Osogbo on Friday while  briefing journalists on the level of preparedness of the ministry for this year’s rainy season.

The commissioner said the state government started the dredging and clearing waterways even before the flood alert was given while appealing to residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

Korede stated that it would be impossible to stop flooding if residents did not stop dumping refuse at canals and rivers even if the government dredged them.

 He said, “Our machines are dredging some water channels in Ilesa now as I talk to you. We are not limiting this to Ilesa; we are going to clear the waterways in all the towns.

“We do not want a repeat of what happened in Osogbo last year. We are clearing all the canals and waterways. What happened last year was caused by lack of funds; although we still do not have enough funds now, we are working to ensure that social services do not suffer.

The commissioner said the state government would adopt whistle-blowing policy to stop residents from throwing their wastes by the roadside and at other unapproved sites.

Korede said the state government had asked each local government to have its dumpsite in order to discourage indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

He said environmental marshals would be out very early in the money to arrest those that might want to dump their refuse on the roadside very early, adding that the marshals would be there up until 12 midnight to prevent those who might want to stay up late to violate the environmental laws and regulations.

Korede said the ministry was embarking on sensitisation and enlightenment but stated that enforcement would soon begin.

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