The Oyo State government has started the dredging of streams and rivers to save areas prone to floods during the raining season and avert a recurrence of August 26, 2011 flood disaster.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola, kick-started the dredging yesterday at the Restoration Bridge at Awolowo Area of Bodija in Ibadan, the state capital.
Ishola said the Restoration Bridge and some streams in the state were prone to flood, adding that it was the reason they were marked for dredging to avert flooding.
According to him, when the state government was alerted by the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet) that Oyo was among the six states that would likely experience floods this year, the state government, in collaboration with Ibadan Urban Flood Management Agency (IUFMA), earmarked 37 streams for dredging with the approval of the World Bank.
He noted that within two to three weeks, the dredging will be completed.
The rivers and streams to be dredged include: Ogun River Phase II, Papa Eleyele section, Zumuratu-Hujaj Stream, Odinjo, Molade Stream, Iwo-Road, Isabatudeen Stream, Akobo, Oke-Suna Stream, Eleta, Asamajuna Streams, Moniya, Upper Ona River, Akinrinola Ewenla, Agbamu Community near IITA, Adaba Stream, Kuola, Alaro Stream, Oluyole, Abobo Stream, off Elebu Road, Anuoluwapo Stream, Orita Challenge, Abimbola Stream, Onireke, Alafara Stream and Gbekuba.
Other streams are: Upper Ogun River, Restoration Bridge, Awolowo Area, Agodi, Ikolaba Stream, Agodi, Orogun/Agbowo Stream, Upper Ona Ara River- Ajibode section, Behind U. I. Botanical Garden, Life Holiness Stream, Arulogun Road, Daku Stream, Lalupon, Egberi River, Olodo, Jenriyin Stream, Kute, Oluwatedo Stream, Olosan Area, Alakia, Onidewure Stream, Gbagi, Abepe Stream, Apete, Alapata Stream, Amuro Olode, Attio Stream, Apata, Ajipaala Stream, behind the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Apata, Olokun Stream, Apata Estate River, Akako Stream, Odo Ona Apata, Igisogba Stream, off Omi Adio, Oke-Omi Stream, Ogungbade, Para Stream, Ogbere Gangansi, Onikokoro Stream, Oje, Mesio Stream Akanran Road and Oluyoro Stream, near Oluyoro Hospital, all in Ibadan.
Ishola urged the residents to desist from dumping solid wastes in the drainage and streams, as well as erecting structures on the culvert.
He said water finds its ways when there are blockages.
The General Manager of Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, Mr. Dayo Ayorinde, admonished communities where dredging would take place to embrace the exercise.
(Edited By Olamide Michael)