Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has admonished the occupants of buildings located on waterways and canals in the state to relocate temporarily.
He spoke on Monday evening during an on-the-spot assessment visit of the flooded area at Mallam Tope following heavy downpour in Osogbo.
The governor attributed the cause of the flood disaster to the heavy rain and sympathised with the victims, saying the relocation was part measure by resident to reduce the effect of the disaster.
He also directed the Ministry of Works to move in immediately, to ensure measures are taken to avert future occurrence.
He said the decision to visit the flooded area was a further demonstration of government’s commitment to the welfare of the citizens.
Oyetola said: “I decided to come around so as to assess the collapsed canal that caused the flooding.
“With what we have seen, the dam has to be properly looked into. We will do the needful to ensure safety by involving the officials of the Ministry of Works and Water Corporation.
“We shall do everything to forestall future occurrence. I will implore people around the canal to evacuate and stay temporarily elsewhere to avoid any disaster. The government will do everything to help them”, he said.
Two of the residents of the area, Mr. Paul Odelola and Mrs. Ola-Oluwa Oluwakemi, commended the quick response of the state government.
They appealed to the government to support the victims and fix the damaged dam.
Market men and women of Akindeko Market, Alekuwodo Area, Osogbo have been counting their loss after goods worth millions of naira were swept away by flood.
Areas like Akindeko Market, Igbona, Testing Ground, Ayekale, Awosuru, Rasco Alli and Alekuwodo, were affected by the flood.