“Heed to Flood Early Warning Messages”, Oyo Agency Tells Residents

The Oyo State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (Oyonewmap) has appealed to residents not to overlook early warning messages, as its officials embark on sensitization exercises in the state.

The Project Coordinator of Oyo State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (Oyonewmap), Barr. Tayo Ayoade, said the project will embark on an advocacy and sensitization programme on early warning and action on flood hazards throughout the state.

Ayoade said this while speaking to the press during the week in Ibadan.

He stated that the advocacy and sensitization targeted at all the stakeholders in 33 local government areas would be held in six zones across the state.

“Oyonewmap has improved its information gathering and dissemination so it can play a stronger early warning role”, he said.

According to Ayoade, the advocacy and sensitization programme would be held between 16th and 24th April, 2024 in Iseyin, Ogbomoso, Ibarapa, Oyo, Saki and Ibadan.

He noted that the programme became necessary in order to sensitize the residents of the state on steps that could be taken to avert flood disaster.

Ayoade, therefore, appealed to residents to imbibe the culture of safety and engage in environmentally friendly practices/activities as well as ensure that their wastes were properly disposed to avert flooding and erosion.