THE KWARA State government will take decisive steps to curb the menace of flooding in the state.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi disclosed this while answering questions from newsmen during an unscheduled visit to sites affected by flooding in Ilorin, the State Capital.
Mr Alabi explained that Asa River would be dredged and channelized as part of efforts to find lasting solutions to the perenial flooding affecting the state.
The Deputy Governor who was accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Aminu Logun on the visit expressed displeasure on the situation calling on the people to stop dumping refuse on the drainage.
He noted that the bad habit of dumping refuse on the water ways had caused hardship to the people living along the River Bank.
Mr Alabi directed the concerned ministries to clear the water ways to ensure free flow of water.
The Deputy Governor called on the people to embrace personal hygiene principles.
The Deputy Governor was conducted round the flood affected and prone areas by the State Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Alhaji Isiaq Al-Amin and that of Works and Transport, Doctor Garuba Manjo.
Places visited include Unity Bridge, that of Amilegbe, Second ECWA premises, Aduralere, Isale Koko and the premises of Omo-Hiyah Group of Schools among others.
Speaking at Isale Koko, two key stakeholders, Alhaji Aliu Soro-two and Hajia Iyabo Akanbi praised the state government functionaries for visiting the sites to obtain first hand information.
They noted that the flooding of the River has seriously affected the economy activities of the people living in the area and called for the dredging of Asa River to Isale Koko and Duma area as a way out of the problem.
On the entourage are government officials from the State Environmental Protection Agency and the State Town Planning Authority.