Oyo State government through the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) in conjunction with the state Ministry of Environment and Water Resources yesterday unveiled its plans to dredge about 64 streams to tackle the problem of flooding in the state.
The government who warned the people of the state to desist from dumping refuse into the rivers, streams and water channels, said blocked drainages will be cleared across the state.
According to the government, offenders will be treated in accordance with the provision of the environmental laws and regulations of the state.
Commenting on the planned dredging, the state commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola said that government had taken proactive steps to prevent flooding in the state, noting that the citizens need to complement government’s efforts by stopping activities that can block the flood drain.
Ishola said the state government has continuously sensitised the public on environmental sanitation, stating that this is in addition to the expansion of some rivers in the state for free flow of water and dredging of some rivers.
The Commissioner explained that in line with the safeguard requirement of IUFMP sub projects, the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) safeguard team will be displaying Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for dredging of streams and clearing of blocked drains in order to sensitize the general public on the social and environmental impact of the project.
Ishola stated that there will be updates on Environment and Social Impact Assessment for Eleyele Dam rehabilitation, saying this is to ensure the project is line with best practices without any hazard to the society.
He disclosed that the 64 streams to be dredged are within the 11 Local Councils and their Local Council Development Areas in Ibadan, assuring that the dredging will commence immediately the disclosure and display of Environmental Social Management Plan is completed.
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