19th September, 2011
Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauch State today donated N10 million to Oyo State Government for the construction of drainage channels to discharge flood water into major rivers in Ibadan.
Governor Yuguda visited Governor Abiola Ajimobi in his office and was also received by members of the state executive.
He signed a cheque of N10 million and handed it over to Governor Ajimobi in the presence of journalists who covered the visit.
The governor appealed to the Federal Government to substantially partner with Oyo State government in constructing drainage channels to prevent big rivers from wreacking havoc during rainy season, stressing that everybody must be involved in preventing flood disaster such as the one that claimed many lives and destroyed properties recently.
Yuguda said that his visit to the state was to commiserate with the government and people of the state for loss of lives and property to the recent flood disaster adding, â€œon behalf of myself and the people of Bauchi State, please accept my symphaty. I am part of this state. I observed my NYSC in the defunct Oyo State. I have a traditional title from this state. It is unfortunate that destiny had its way in Ibadan last August 26 during the government of my brother, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.â€
Reacting, Ajimobi placed it on record that apart from Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Yuguda was the first governor to visit him at the executive chamber of the governorâ€™s office to commiserate with the people of Oyo State over the flood disaster in the state on 26 August.
He said though himself and Governor Fayemi jointly visited the disaster areas, it was because Governor Fayemi is living in Ibadan.
He said, â€œMy brother, Governor Fayemi incidentally lives in Ibadan and he will continue to live in Ibadan even as a governor of Ekiti State.â€
Ajimobi who had described the flood disaster as unprecedented during the visit, said that it was a disaster waiting to happen, considering how people violated the law of physical planning.
â€œIn a situation whereby people build on the water way, build on the channel, dump refuse into the river or inside canal, things like this cannot be avoided,â€ he said.
He disclosed that efforts to foresall such tragedy in future are being made, pointing out that the government would do verything possible to ensure that lives and property are not lost to flood in the state anymore.
By Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan