Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Friday said all buildings blocking water channels in the state “may have to give way”.
Oyetola, who spoke while inspecting the dredging of Osun River in Osogbo, said some flood-prone areas in Ile-Ife would also be given attention.
He urged residents to desist from blocking waterways with refuse, saying flooding in some parts of the state was partly caused by the refuse that narrowed water channels, thereby impeded water flow.
Oyetola said, “We are concerned about the safety of our people, that was why we have deployed dredging machines, as promised, to dredge water channels across the state.
“Dredging is also going on in Ile-Ife. Part of the cause of flooding in these areas is indiscriminate dumping of refuse. We appeal to the people not to dump refuse indiscriminately.
“We are looking at taking down any of the buildings disrupting the free flow of water for the safety of other people.”
Speaking to our correspondent, the Managing Director, Accord Engineering , the contractor handling the project, Benjamin Olamijulo, said heavy rains in the South-West made River Osun to overflow its banks.
He said the first phase of the project would last for two and a half months, adding that the first phase would end at Ofatedo, a town in Egbedore Local Government Area of the state.