Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has sympathised with the people of Ikire over the flood disaster that affected the western area of the state recently.
In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, Governor Adeleke said his administration has previously embarked on prevention actions and initiatives, citing the massive rainfall as the cause of the sad event.
He said his administration has activated emergency measures to rescue people and livelihoods hugely impacted by the flooding, assuring victims of the incident that the government will do all in its capacity to support them.
“It is touching to learn about the monumental damages that flood has wrecked on homes and livelihoods in Ikire.
The scale of the losses suffered by our people as a result of the flood disaster is too heavy especially at a time of economic strain as now,” the statement reads in part.
“I want to, on behalf of the State Government, convey heartfelt sympathy to everyone affected in one way or the other. As a government, we stand with the people of Ikire in this difficult moment and assure them of our commitment to support them overcome the challenges posed by the incident.
“Before this incident, our government has taken flood prevention steps, which includes expanding waterways and opening up water channels to ensure free-flow of water to Avery flooding. We will intensify efforts in this regard and ensure that we guide against the kind of experience seen in Ikire.
“I have already directed the Commissioner of Environment to address the root cause of the flooding so as to forestall future occurrence.
The people of Osun can rest assured that we are doing everything possible to tackle flooding in the state.
”Governor Adeleke urged the people of Ikire and Osun people not to panic as his government will be mobilizing every resource to confront the challenge and keep them and their properties safe.
He enjoined the people of the state to stop dumping refuse on waterways among other habits that could cause flooding.