Governor Seyi Makinde has commiserated with victims of flood-affected areas at Oke Omi, Ikumapayi, Olodo and Onipepeye and Sawmill, Ibadan.
While visiting the areas affected by the flood, the Governor blamed the flooding on the undersized bridge and lack of drainage in the areas and promised that work is in progress to widen the bridge and drill drainages.
Makinde disclosed that there is a drainage master plan for Oyo State under the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) who have identified drainage challenges and that the IUFMP is already dredging the river to put a properly sized bridge across.
Makinde assured that as soon as all the projects under the IUFMP are executed, there will be a respite from the flood in the subsequent rainy seasons. He said that in the next eighteen months, there will be appreciable improvements. He also addressed the removal of the structures obstructing the main road and said that the government will enumerate the properties and make provisions for the displaced occupants.
While answering a question about palliative for the victims of the flood, the Governor stated that “Palliative is general. We are faced with a pandemic and we are also faced with the economic meltdown. So palliative is something that is continuous for all the people.”