THE people of Ifesowapo area in Ife Central Local Government of the state had lost properties worth millions of Naira to the flood that recently occurred in the area.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that more than 100 houses were affected by the flood disaster that destroyed houses of the residents in the area.
Visiting the affected people in the area, the General Manager of Osun State Emergency Management Agency, Engineer Segun Ajayi with the chairman of Ife Central Local Government, Engineer Obawole Tunji, at the scene of the disaster, decried the reckless spate at which people dumped refuse into the drainages which caused the flooding.
Though they both sympathized with the victims of the flood, but however enjoined the resident to find alternative ways of disposing their wastes without dumping them along water ways which led to the flooding problem.
Mr Adeolaju, one of the landlords in the area while reacting to the statement by Ajayi, said that the flood disaster that occurred in Ifesowapo was due to the poor drainage system in the area.
He added that the community had tried to resolve the problem through communal effort but little could they realize because of the huge money that is needed to channel the course of the stream, which had been wreaking havoc on the residents of the community.
He therefore called on the Osun State government to come to their rescue by channeling the course of Agbara stream, so as to forestall the incessant flooding of the area.
In a similar development, the chairman has been advised to embark on mass orientation of his people on proper waste management.
According to a health worker, Mr Oyasope Johnson, the orientation became necessary because of attitude of the people towards waste disposal.
A visit to Ogboku/Oduduwa street in the ancient city by OSUN DEFENDER revealed that the Ogboku Water Course had been turned into a dumping site and also serves as toilets for the residents which may have been responsible for flooding in the area.
A visit to Oja-titun in Ile-Ife, the only major market in the city, revealed that the market people were also using the stream channels as their “dumping site.”
OSUN DEFENDER’s further findings revealed that the market women chose to dump their wastes into the water course, as they attributed the fact to irregular collection of refuse by the waste management unit, of Ife Central Local Government, saddled with the responsibility.
They therefore advised the state government to task its health unit and its works department with the duty of effective and efficient waste management as it is being done in Lagos and Oyo states as a dirty environment would bring bad state of health, they concluded.
– By SOLA JACOBS