The Ondo State Government has warned residents of the state to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drains and waterways so as to overcome the perennial menace of flooding.
Mr Olumide Kinga, the Director of Ecology in the Ministry of Environment, gave the warning in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday Ajibola.
“It has become necessary for all residents in the state to desist from the old way of dumping refuse in waterways to avoid flooding, especially during this rainy season.
“This is the right time to give water and streams the necessary leeway to flow unhindered; the situation might get worse if not curbed, particularly now that the rainy season is at its peak,’’ it said.
The director noted that ministry had started the removal of debris from streams and rivers across those areas that were prone to flooding and erosion to prevent any calamity.
He said that the removal of debris from water channels had started in Owo Local Government Area of the state, as the residents of the Owo area had written to the government on the challenges they were facing with River Isokun.
“After we received their letter, the amphibious excavator team of the ministry was deployed to the neighbourhood to address the challenges they are facing because the area is prone to flooding.
“What we did is the channelisation of the stream to allow free flow of water.
“But this is just a short-term solution because the permanent solution will involve a more concrete river channelisation, which the government is working on,” he said.
He said that the ministry had also received complaints on similar challenges facing the residents of Ikare, Okitipupa and other neighbourhoods across the state.