With a view to further stemming the tide of flooding in Ile-Ife and Ikire in Irewole Local Government Council Area of Osun State, the state government has awarded two separate contracts worth N128 million for the dredging of flood sites in the ancient towns.
The Osun State Executive Council at its meeting on Friday awarded a contract worth of N68,508,600.00 for the dredging of Esinmirin-Agbara stream in Ile-Ife and another one worth of N59,757,750.00 for the dredging of Okemoro stream in Ikire.
In a telephone chat with OSUN DEFENDER after the meeting, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, said that the dredging of Esinmirin-Agbara stream in Ile-Ife would be extended to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife with a view to preventing raging flood in the ancient town.
The two contracts, he said, were awarded to Bam-Dally Nigeria Limited, saying that work has since commenced in Ile-Ife and the contractor would soon move to Ikire for the continuation of the job.
The commissioner revealed that the contractor has been given two weeks’ ultimatum to complete the two contracts, with a view to bringing succour to the lives of the people of the affected areas.
It would be recalled that the governor had earlier approved a sum of N187.5 million for immediate dredging of three major streams in Osogbo, the state capital – Okorokoro, Ogbaagbaa and Alekunwodo, which had been causing heavy flooding in the state capital in the past, with a view to combating perennial flooding in the state capital.
The dredging of the three streams, which was awarded to Messrs Accord Engineering Limited has been carried out, a situation that had gone a long way in preventing flooding in the state capital, inspite of heavy downpour this year.
Besides, the council at its meeting also approved the white paper submitted by the Contract Review Committee set up by the governor to review the contracts awarded and abandoned by the ousted illegal administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.