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Ondo: Flood sacks governor’s mother’s hometown

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Recurring floods ravishing lives and properties in Ondo State have submerged hundreds of houses and communities in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state, rendering thousands of people homeless and stranded.

Some of the affected communities include Igbotu, the hometown of the mother of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Chairman of Ese-Odo Local Government, Omolewa Ojo and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Jimi Kufo.

Others were Igbobini, Iluagbo, Sabome, Inikorogha, Oboro, Ojuala, Ipoke and Igbekebo, the headquarters of the Ese-Odo Local Government in the South Senatorial District of the state. The major road networks linking the communities, especially Igbobini-Irele road, were submerged, leaving residents with no option than to ferry canoe on the submerged asphalt roads to their various destinations.

The Guardian learnt that many residents of the communities have been rendered homeless while victims now take shelter on the major roads in the towns. Residents, who are predominantly Apois and Ijaws slept in churches, schools and makeshift Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps created by the roadsides because their houses were taken over by flood.

Recounting their harrowing experiences, one Yemi Sajo, a mother of six, said the waters surmounted their banks and rushed into their houses, destroying properties worth millions of Naira.

Ojo bemoaned that thousands of the people have been rendered homeless, urging Federal and state governments to come to their aid. The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Kufo, commiserated with the victims assuring that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) would soon distribute relief materials.

In related news, Akure indigenes in the four local government areas of the state have kicked against the appointment of Chief Tayo Alasoadura as Minister of State for Labour and Productivity by the Federal Government.


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