Oyo - Ibadan indigenes in Diaspora has urged Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State to complete his dredging initiatives across the state in order to check flooding.
Ibrahim Adeyemi, the Coordinator of Ibadan Aide Group in the United Kingdom and representative of Ibadan Decendents Union, U.S chapter said this on Friday in Ibadan.
He spoke at the presentation of N1million to victims of the 2011 flood disaster victims.
Adeyemi, who said the money was donated by the two groups, commended the state government for the quality drains being constructed around the state.
"We came together to brainstorm on how to help the victims after watching on television the extent of the damage done by the flood.
"Not only did the groups donate well, some other institutions such as churches, mosques and some stakeholders in the Diaspora also contributed,’’ Adeyemi said.
Speaking with newsmen, one of the victims, Dr Kehinde Ojo, commended the groups for assisting them.
"They came to us asking us questions on how we were affected and we told them; they also promised to help us.
`` But after a longtime and we did not hear from them, we assumed it was one of those things. We never knew they will fulfill their promise," Ojo said.
Ojo, however, appeal to the state government to embark on channelisation of drains across the state.
"Just recently, the residents of Apete were almost affected by another rain which fell two days ago.
`` Please before another flood occurs, we beg the government to finish the dredging work quickly," Ojo said.
Bayo Oyero, the President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigens (CCII) commended the kind gesture of Ibadan people in the Diaspora.
Oyero disclosed that 31 people from Apete, Agara, Odo-Ona area of Ibadan benefited from the fund.
He called on philanthropists, religious leaders and other stakeholders to emulate the kind gestures of the groups.
`` This will go a long way in making the victims happy and also make them proud as Ibadan indigenes, ’’ he added.