Residents Raise Concerns Over Dumping of Waste into Waterways, as Ibadan Witnesses First Major Rain in 2022

Residents of the ancient city of Ibadan were elated on Friday as they witnessed the first major rain which started at 5.30 pm with heavy winds and strong downpour.

According to NAN, the downpour caused minor damages to some property, weak structures of houses fenced with corrugated sheets and wood.

It was gathered that some residents illegally disposed of their waste into the waterways, thereby blocking the gutters and waterways and hindering the free flow of water.

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Also, some roads were littered with dirt as the rain overflowed to the roads due to clogged drainages.

Many commuters were stuck in traffic after they took to the roads as the rain subsided at about 7.00 p.m.

A resident, Mrs. Alice Aborishade raised concerns on how imperative it is for residents to stop the habit of clogging waterways with dirt, so as to avert flooding.

“Let everyone take a cue from the past and stop the act of pouring dirt into waterways when it rains,”  Aborishade said.

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Also, a community leader, Mr Akin Amao, said the rain would help reduce heat being experienced in the city and will bring comfort to all and sundry.

“I am sure farmers will be delighted as it has rained and it will help their preparation for farming this year.

“We need rain to be normal so that food prices will crash,” Amao said.

Mr Mayowa Oluyinka noted that as most gutters are now blocked, it will require some shop owners to do extra work of clearing the dirt in the morning.

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“We must ensure a clean environment to be free of health hazards and outbreak of diseases, especially now that the outbreak of Lassa Fever has been reported in the state. We must ensure that we are safe from whatever that could be harmful,” Oluyinka added.


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