Osun state government has spent a total sum of N3.4bn on the dredging of 344.44km waterways in some parts of the state to prevent flooding. Governor Rauf Aregbesola stated this at the commissioning and the handing over of the Completed Erosion Control Ecology Projects in Osogbo to the government by the Minister for Information and Culture, Hon. Lai Mohammed in Osogbo. Aregbesola commended President Mohammadu Buhari led federal government for improving on the intervention to the state government through the office of ecological fund by lining the water channels with concrete walls which will make it last longer and work more efficiently. Aregbesola warned residents of Osogbo and environs against dumping refuse into waterways especially during the rains, stressing that this will lead to blockage sooner than later.
The governor said, “I am so excited about what is happening today because it is an improvement on the intervention we have made for our people on the issue of flooding. Before our advent, flooding used to be a yearly mishap is Osun.
‘We have already spent about N3.4billion on the dredging of about 344.44 kilometers of waterways and so we are very excited when the federal government decided to line the water channels with concrete to make it last longer and more useful. It is worthy of note that this is the first time in the history of the nation that the federal government will execute a project, commission it and ensure that it is delivered to the state government for maintenance. I urge our people to desist from throwing waste into the waterways during rain for it last longer’