Oyo State Government to dredge 64 rivers, warn against dumping of refuse on water channels

The Oyo State Government through the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) in conjunction with the State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources has said that 64 streams will be dredged and blocked drainages will be cleared across the state. The government also warned the people of the state to desist from dumping of refuse into the rivers, streams and water channel, saying that offenders will be treated in accordance with the provision of the environmental laws and regulations of the state.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola said that government has taken proactive steps to prevent flooding in the state, noting that the citizens need to complement government efforts by restraining from activities that can block the flood drain.  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.