Osun Allays Fear Over Plan To Release Water From Dams

osunOsun State government, on Monday, allayed fears of residents over plan to release water from its dams across the state, with a view to avoiding imminent collapse of the dam structures.

It attributed the planned release of water from its dams to heavy rainfall witnessed in the state in the past few days.

 In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, the government called on the residents of the state not to panic, as slight flooding might occur in communities hosting the dams, following the release of large volume of water.

According to the statement, “weather experts have predicted heavy rainfall as the 2014 rainy season is gradually winding up and if government refuses to allow the excess water to be eased off gradually, the water, because of the heavy volume, may force flow from the dams leading to dangerous flood.”

The statement further disclosed that “residents of communities such as Ede, Iwo, Ejigbo, Okinni and many communities around the dams in the state should be aware that little floods may occur between now and next week as the water is being released,” advising them not to entertain feat over the development.

It also urged residents of the state to cooperate with government in its effort to curb flood incidents by desisting from dumping waste in waterways, as well as inside drainages across the state.