25 June 2012

Nigeria: Why I Dredged All Flood Prone Areas in Osun - Aregbesola

Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has disclosed that the reason for the dredging of all flood prone areas including the channelisation of some selected rivers in the state was to fulfill his constitutional obligation of ensuring right to life.

Governor Aregbesola also explained why he chose to combat environmental hazards in Osun State, while speaking with Nobel laureate professor Wole Soyinka in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in company of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam, Comrade Amitolu Shittu and Comrade Lanre Suraj among others, vowing not to rest until government began to work for the people.

The governor further disclosed that if not for the love, he had for his people which prompted him to seek better alternative to curb destructive flood which had long held the state by the jugular, over 400 houses marked for demolition by the immediate past regime would have thrown over 5,000 poor people out on the streets homeless.

He stressed that bills on urban regeneration and town planning sent to the state House of Assembly were to give legal backing to the laws aimed at restoring the aesthetics of each town in Osun State.

According to him: "My government is keen in giving our people befitting environment and standard urbanisation that could make Osogbo, the state headquarters and all cities attractive to foreigners who may desire to visit Osun for tourism and investment, and laws would be made to back the current drive".

Expressing his displeasure over the mass poverty which had compelled the youth who are able and willing to work to turn to politics for survival, Aregbesola noted that it was obvious that the raging economic recession was hurting Nigeria, insisting that it was imperative for government at all levels to create jobs.

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