Governments at different times know how to come up with good and even great ideas. The problem is seeing them through and sustaining them.

The Oyo state government wants to fight the problem of flooding that has ravaged the state for decades.

So, the Ibadan Urban Flood Management project in collaboration with the Oyo State Emergency Management Agency flagged off a training programme on Tuesday.

Venue was the Eleyele dam premises, and the training was for volunteers of the Ibadan Flood Emergency Response Team (IFERT).

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The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Isaac Ishola said that the training is designed to raise and train a team of volunteers among the people in Ibadan.

It will improve their skills in emergency rescue operations during flood disasters and empower them with the requisite knowledge and wherewithal to save human lives in the event of flood emergencies.

The commissioner recalled that one of the major challenges that first confronted the current administration upon assumption of office in 2011 was flooding.

“An unforgettable incident that ravaged many parts of Ibadan, consuming in its wake hundreds of human lives and several million naira worth of properties.

"Requisite and adequate state of the art equipment have been procured to serve the needs of the operatives during this rescue operations, and the equipment would be used for this training session."

The team of volunteers include four representatives from each local government, which consists of two divers, one helper and one local government officer.

It has taken almost eight years to set this up, so we can't help but wonder, what is the plan to make it gain its balance before this administration leaves office in nine months’ time?

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