However, Wahab had earlier said the government had intensified dredging and cleaning of major drainage channels and canals across the state.

He said that the dredging and lining of the canal would ameliorate the difficulties encountered by residents during the rainy season and also save lives and properties.

The commissioner appealed to residents to stop dumping refuse in the drainages.

“I would like to appeal to all residents to take ownership of public infrastructure provided by the government in their communities, ensure they protect the canals and drains from refuse dumping, and do away with encroaching on canals and drainage right of way

“We are cleaning up our infrastructure and making them more resilient and this will be done continuously all year round, manually and mechanically across the state,” he assured.