The Ikole Local Government area has started the clearing of blocked drainage systems and repair of damaged ones after years of neglect across communities in the area council.

The Coordinating Director of the local government, Mr Olatunbosun Fasanmi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ikole-Ekiti.

Fasanmi said that the council embarked on the projects to avert flooding and allow for smooth passage of water in the systems.

He said that drainage systems in some of the communities had been blocked for several years, thereby, causing flooding whenever there was downpour.

“To the glory of God, we have ‎commenced repairs and clearing of drainage systems in various communities in Ikole Local Government which have been blocked and neglected for several years.

“We decided to embark on immediate clearing of blocked drainage systems and water paths following reports of flooding in recent times.

“Some of the drainage were filled with sands, while some are already damaged, we therefore decided to evacuate the sands and repair the damaged ones to curb flooding during the raining season.

“Before we started this project, some residents leaving in the affected areas where the drainage were blocked, have been experiencing incessant flooding.

“We decided to help them repair all the drainage to allow free flow of water and put a stop to flooding in the area,” he said.

The coordinating director said that as a result of ‎the blocked drainage, the major roads became impassable, thereby, causing  transportation difficulty in the areas.

Fasanmi said that two culverts ‎were constructed, one in front of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) secretariat and the second at New Irode Quaters in Oke Ijebu.

He said the culverts were constructed to allow the staff of NUT gain access to the secretariat and residents of Irode Quaters to equally drive their vehicles to their various houses.

The council boss attributed the blockage to indiscriminate dumping of refuse and construction of buildings on the water ways.

He warned residents to desist from it as their actions had contributed to the blockage of flow of flood.