Kwara State Roads Maintenance Agency has warned against the indiscriminate dumping of waste and building on waterways.
Speaking on Monday, the KWARMA chair, Hon. Kale Oloje alongside the Agency’s General Manager, Engr Baba Jubril led team of Engineers on an assessment tour of areas ravaged by penultimate weekend flood to enlighten the public on the need to turn over a new leaf on waste disposal/management and erecting of buildings on waterways.
Oloje, while at Oke-foma Bridge; Oloje; G-Division police station – Oloje, Olohusogo Eid Road and the popular abbatoir market Akerebiata along sobi all in Ilorin, the state capital, warned residents to desist from the negative habit, as it is one of the major causes of flooding in the state.
He noted that the rains had already started, and the government viewed the risk of flooding as a major concern. However, he insisted that while the government would deploy the necessary tools to ensure a flood free season, residents also have a responsibility to protect their environment by desisting from disposing their waste on the medians and in roadside gutters.
“We are here to sympathize with victims of last weekend flooding, as we regret the havoc wrecked by the flood.
“We have brought a message from the state government to residents against building structures on waterways and dumping refuse on drainages and waterways. We want our people to stop the indiscriminate act for effective cleaning and to prevent the blockage of our drainages and waterways”, he said.