Ekiti Assembly advises residents of flooded areas to relocate to safer places
The Ekiti State House of Assembly has appealed to those living in flooded areas across state to relocate to safer places in compliance with the warning and prediction of Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) that more torrential downpour is underway.
The Assembly said relocating to safer areas would be of tremendous help in saving the lives of the people and spare the state of mourning over its beloved ones.
Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hakeem Jamiu, who also represents Irepodun/Ifelodun Constituency II, gave the directive yesterday while assessing the level of damage done by flood in Iworoko area of his constituency.
Jamiu, who was at a students’ hostel in Iworoko-Ekiti, partly submerged by water, commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for distributing relief materials to the affected students of Ekiti State University (EKSU).
He also charged the residents of the state to desist from dumping refuse in drainages and erecting structures on waterways.
“NIMET has predicted that there will be heavy downpour in August and September in some states of the federation, including Ekiti State and sensitising our people in this regard will be our first legislative duty as we resume from our recess.
“The first motion we moved was that the residents should brace up for the coming heavy rainfall. We also appealed to our people not to dump refuse or build houses on waterways because these are the causes of this devastating flooding,” he said.
The lawmaker noted that the ravaging effects of the flood could have been mitigated if the residents had not been blocking waterways, drainages and canals.
He expressed government’s resolve to dredge some streaks and rivers and urged the residents to play their part by guarding against flooding in the nearest future.
Jamiu, who visited the affected areas of the constituency alongside the Local Council Chairman, Dapo Olagunju, said he would convey the plights of the victims to the state government having evaluated the extent of the damage and that of the property destroyed.
He pledged that the state government would accelerate the distribution of more relief materials to the victims.
Meanwhile, some victims of the incident, Abdulhakeem Aroba and Ahmed Sodiq, who were EKSU students, pleaded with the state government for help and support.