Rt. Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, has attributed the successful prevention of flooding in Ado Ekiti as predicted in January this year by Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to the proactive measures taken by the State Government to keep the State clean, safe and flood-free, All Nigeria Latest News reports.

During a tour of dredging and de-siltation works in Ado Ekiti, Rt. Hon. Olatunbosun, guided by Chief (Mrs.) Tosin Ajisafe-Aluko, who oversees Environment and Natural Resources, highlighted the completion of over 40 kilometers of river channels dredging and desilting of 23 kilometers of drainages and culverts in the state capital.

Olatunbosun assured that the ongoing two-phase exercise will not only continue but also expand to address ecological challenges in other parts of the State.

The Commissioners reaffirmed Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration’s dedication to ensuring the safety of lives and property for the State’s residents. They emphasized a comprehensive effort to maintain a clean, healthy, and secure environment, leaving no stone unturned in the process.

He recalled that the Governor recently approved the purchase of three 4X2 Hook Arm Garbage trucks and 20 single CBM bins as parts of efforts at maintaining environmental cleanliness in the State.

During her remarks, the State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Chief (Mrs.) Tosin Aluko-Ajisafe, emphasized that the ongoing dredging and de-siltation exercise includes areas such as Balemo/Adehun/Carwash/Elemi/Afao road, Mojere Market/Nova Junction/CrownBiz/Iworoko road axis, and Odo-Ado/Ureje Poly road axis.

Assuring that the exercise would be continuous, Chief Aluko however stressed the need for residents to avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse and erection of physical structure on waterways.

Quoting Governor Oyebanji, Mrs. Aluko said that “Government would rather spend so much on dredging and de-siltation to prevent flood than distributing relief materials and evacuation of residents from disaster areas into Internally Displaced Peoples’ camps”.

She said that residents would be thoroughly sensitized on environmental issues and preservations adding that recalcitrant people would however be subsequently prosecuted under relevant environmental laws including the prohibition of construction of structures within 30 feet from waterways.

Mr. Kayode Adunmo, the General Manager of the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), stated that his agency will conduct extensive awareness campaigns to discourage people from disposing of waste in drains and waterways. He also emphasized strict adherence to planning laws, particularly the prohibition of constructing structures within 30 feet from waterways.

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