As preparations for the 2011 edition of Osun-Osogbo festival reached high tempo, a combined team of the Osun State Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) and the environmental sanitation agency tagged O-CLEAN on Tuesday went round the state capital to carry out the clearance of of debris and refuse from water channels.
While the OYES was led by its state Commandant, retired Colonel Enibukun Oyewole, the Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the Environment, Hon. Bola Ilori led the O-CLEAN during the exercise.
The two bodies had acted on a weather forecast Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) which predicted that heavy rainfall could be expected in Osogbo, the state capital and adjoining towns.
As early as 9 o’clock, the OYES volunteers were seen inspecting the channels of Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo while the O-Clean group also carried out sanitation exercise around Alekunwodo market.
It would be recalled that heavy rainfall which took place on July 7 last year led to flooding that killed several residents of Osogbo while property worth several millions of Naira were destroyed and swept away.
Last June, Governor Rauf Aregebsola awarded a contract of N187.5 million for the dredging, desiltation and de-flooding of Okorokoro and Alekunwodo streams in the state capital to check the menace of flooding.