Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has expressed his readiness to take proactive measures that would help put an end to flooding.
The Governor made the pledge at the closing ceremony of a workshop on, ‘Ibadan Flood Forecast, Early Warning and Implementation Support Programme’, held in the state capital.
He stated that his government would readily support the implementation of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project, IUFMP, and other ongoing intervention projects in the State.
Governor Makinde said, “Beyond building bridges, culverts, drain lines, and access roads, which are on their own crucial towards ensuring the good life, we as a government have a duty to give full support to the implementation of the IUFMP initiative.”
The Governor commended the IUFMP on the flood forecast initiative, which he described as a scientific initiative that would furnish people with prior alerts about impending flood disasters.
Governor Makinde said, “This will enable our people to take proactive steps for the preservation of lives and properties. This is a step in the right direction and it will continue to enjoy maximum support of the State Government.”
People Oriented Proje
He described the lUFMP as a people-oriented project set up to change the narrative of incessant and ravaging flood disasters, adding that the project was in consonance with his campaign promises.
The Governor had at earlier meetings with the IUFMP team given assurances that government would take necessary steps to protect the people. He urged the stakeholders in the project to ensure that all hands were on deck to achieve the effective implementation of the initiative.
“It is pertinent that we are able to x-ray the factors that can ultimately protect our people from vulnerability to flooding, through adequate knowledge building and information flow on impending flooding and looming dangers. Such information, readily disseminated well ahead of time, will save lives”, Governor Makinde said.
He further stated that the State would be expecting value for its investment in the project, which he noted should be in terms of “immediate gains in the area of safety of lives and properties, as well as measurable capacity building for our homegrown technocrats and public servants who would be required to sustain the initiative, post-IUFMP.”
The Governor also called on the operators of the project to ensure that the advantages of the project were transferred to other communities in the State through a form of knowledge transfer.
Governor Seyi Makinde was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun at the event.
The two-day workshop aimed at sensitising State officials, key stakeholder-agencies and representatives of communities situated along flood-prone areas, while also informing high-level office-holders about the project.