Akinlabi Afolabi, Ibadan
The residents of Atisbo and Irepo local government in Oyo state have expressed their happiness as the state Government in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) provided relief materials to the victims of the flood that happened last September.
The disaster which cost some lives and properties of the people of these areas was brought to the notice of the Oyo State Government under the leadership of Engr Seyi Makinde weeks ago has gotten intervention.
The Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan represented by Hon. Kazeem Olayanju of Irepo and Olorunsogo Constituency, while distributing the relieved materials in Irepo local government explained to the residents that, the government of Engr Seyi Makinde is ready to listen to the plight of the people of Oyo State in all aspects of welfare and development of the state.
He said, “The new government of PDP under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde is here to serve the people of Oyo state and with the support and collaboration of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA), we are ready to put an end to flood in the state.”
He also enjoined the people to desist from building houses near rivers or streams in order to avoid a flood in the future.
Also, Hon. Riliwan Samilu Gbadamosi representing the people of Saki East and Atisbo promised the people that the current administration is ready to do all within its power to serve the people of Oyo state.
He also enjoined the people to endeavor to clear their drainages properly to ensure that there is no flooding in the future.
The zonal coordinator South West of NEMA, Mr Slaku Lugard Bijimi in his address commended the state government, he also assured the people of Irepo and Atisbo local government that NEMA is nearby to listen to their calls.
He added that orientation is ongoing to educate people on how to prevent floods in the future.
He said, “Most of the flooding accidents are caused by us because of the way we are building our houses along water side and also dumping of refuse.”