Worried by the spate of pathetic case of flooding in Ilorin, a former Hon. Commissioner of Environment & Tourism and Guber Aspirant in Kwara State, Dr Bola Olaosebikan (OON) has proffered solution to solving future occurrence which, according to him has had grave consequences on the lives and properties of indigenes. Calling for immediate overhauling of environmental management strategies and intervention programs in Kwara State, Dr Olaosebikan said in his sympathy message to thousands of people affected in the recent heavy downpour in the Kwara state capital recently that the solution calls for immediate action and execution.
Areas affected by the flooding in Iloring includes Okelele, Aduralere, Amilegbe, Alagbado, Sobi specialist Hospital, Akerebiata, Kuntu-Oja Road, Dada area, Harmony estate, Mubo street, and many communities where thousands of people were displaced and properties destroyed.
According to the Guber aspirant, “This flooding havoc could have been prevented if the environment management master plan for Kwara State was implemented. We have a blueprint and action plan for the capital and urban cities in Kwara State”.
He went further, “There should be regular clearing of drains and channels. The state waste management program should be well managed to Percy dumping of solid wastes drains and channels to avoid blockages. As Kwara State Commissioner of Environment in 2005, I ensured that our policies and programs on the environment were pro-active and effective.
But over time, Dr. Olaosebikan noted, “There has been severe neglect of various environmental strategies, programs and total breakdown of Kwara State clan and green program”. Kwara State, he maintained, must revive sustainable policies on environment to prevent environmental havoc in the State.
Kwara State government, he added should implement ecological programs in the budget and utilizes ecological funds from Abuja properly for projects intended, to save lives and prevent ecological crisis in the state. The state ministry of environment needs to be rejuvenated.
“I am also calling on the state Government to deliver the landfill project at Gbagede which was started in 2005. I believe this project can save Ilorin, the Kwara state capital from problems of solid waste disposal, flooding, generate energy and turn waste to wealth.
So in my view, environment must be a top priority of the incoming administration in 2019, declared Dr Bola Olaosebikan, who had equally been commissioner for health in Kwara state.