As part of its efforts to combat the perennial flooding problems
ravaging various parts of Ondo State, the State Government, under the
administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has acquired the
brand new latest model of Amphibious Excavator (CAT 320D2).

Governor
Akeredolu said the Amphibious Excavator is required in the state for
dredging and clearing of waterways, as well as for temporary
channelisation in the state.

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Speaking during the commissioning of
the Amphibious Excavator on Tuesday, Arakunrin Akeredolu said due to
its geographical location, the state is prone to flooding, especially
during the rainy season.

The Governor explained that flooding
often lead to loss of lives and properties and also stalls movement
during the rainy season, with high incidence in Akure, Owo, Ondo, Ikare,
Ore, Igbokoda, Okitipupa and other urban centers, all with dire
implications on the socio – economic activities of the people.

He
said : ” It’s anticipated that this will no longer be a problem as the
Amphibious Excavator (Swamp buggy) would be used to combat perennial
flooding problems ravaging various parts of the state.”

The
Governor said it became imperative to procure the Amphibious Excavator
following the need to replace the old and faulty one acquired in 2015,
which was no longer in good working condition to tackle the challenges
encountered across the State.

According to Arakunrin Akeredolu,
it is also neccessary for the state to get prepared, in view of the
Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet) forecast of intensive rains across
the state this year.

He described the gesture as a testament of
his administration’s commitment to the well-being and safety of the good
people of the state, while urging the ministry incharge to see to its
good use and maintenance.

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