The Kwara State Government has begun removal of shanties which have been blocking waterways and causing heavy flooding in parts of Ilorin, the state capital.
The removal, which started on Friday, is part of the other steps to ensure free flow of rainwater in the metropolis.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport Tpl Olorukooba Isiaq Yinka said in the statement that the remedial action came years after owners of the shanties, which were erected on government’s setbacks, were duly asked to remove them to avoid flooding in the area.
He added that the downpour in Ilorin on Thursday caused heavy flooding and loss of properties along Ajase Ipo, Offa garage roads owing to the blockage of waterways by some illegal structures.
Olookoba noted that these structures have long been marked for removal about 7years ago when the metropolis experienced similar flooding while Occupiers of these structures, which were located on Government setbacks, refused to move away despite government’s directive to that effect.
In order to curb further flooding and the accompanying disasters, these structures and others within the metropolis have now been removed for safety reasons.
Similarly, owners of some other offending structures in the same area and elsewhere on Unity Road have now been notified to remove them on their own within stipulated time to make way for free flow of water.
According to the Permanent Secretary the Ministry has commenced the desilt of drainages and blocked culverts along the Yidi Road to prevent flooding.224