Osogbo - The Osun Government has started the demolition of all structures built on waterways and river banks in the state capital to avoid reoccurrence of the havoc caused by the July 2010 flood.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all structures obstructing the waterways at Rasco and Alekuwodo areas of Osogbo have been pulled down.
The structures mostly residential buildings had been marked for demolition since 2011.
NAN gathered that owners of the affected buildings had removed the roofs and burglary proofs of the structures before the commencement of the exercise.
A government official, who led the demolition team, but pleaded not to be named, said that the state government had resolved to do everything possible to make the entire state free of flooding.
According to him, all precautionary measures have been put in place by the present administration in respect of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) prediction of heavy rains which can result in flooding.
He said that government had followed due process before the commencement of the exercise, "that is why you hardly see the affected buildings with roof, as the owners have removed them before our arrival''.
Martins Nduka, a resident in one of the buildings, said that government had settled owners of the buildings before it began the demolition.
He said that rents on the buildings were stopped since January because we were all aware that the demolition would commence at anytime, adding, "it is for the benefit of the occupiers of such buildings''.
A shop owner at Rasco area, Julianah Abioye, commended government for the exercise, and called on it to expedite action on the completion of the three major markets under construction in Osogbo.