Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Wednesday expressed sympathy with residents of the state capital, Osogbo, who were affected by flood.
Areas affected by the flood included Rasco, Gbomi and Obate, where some of the residents’ properties were washed away.
Aregbesola in a statement by the Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, was quoted as speaking during his tour of the affected areas.
The Governor said the flood occurrence took the state by surprise judging by the heavy investments of his administration on flood prevention since 2011.
“Considering our efforts in the past at ensuring cleared waterways, we never expected this. Our government deeply regret the flooding that has affected our people,” Aregbesola told residents who came to listen to his words of comfort at the scene.
Since 2011, the government had been embarking on massive dredging of waterways in all parts of state in order to stave off such disasters.
After the tour, which took him to all the areas affected, Aregbesola said: “I have moved round to commiserate with the victims whose properties were affected by this disaster.
“We have been quite committed to ensuring absence of this calamity since the advent of our administration as we have been regularly dredging the waterways on annual basis and as a matter of fact we are still very much indebted to those who normally work with us to ensure cleaning of our waterways.”
The governor attributed the development to what he called the negative impact of people’s activities on the environment, adding that a huge accumulation of wastes remains a major invitation to flood.
He said: “This happens mostly when the negative activities of the people impact on the environment as we have seen a huge accumulation of wastes blocking the free flow of waterways.”
Pastor Dayo Oluwafunmi of the Christ Apostolic Church, Gbomi area, while speaking with Aregbesola during the tour, commended the governor for what he called the government’s previous efforts at preventing what used to be the annual disaster before the advent of the Aregbesola administration.
Oluwafunmi said he was sure that the government had done well in preventing flood but for this latest one.