Residents lament as flood wreaks havoc in Ijebu-Ode
Residents of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, have cried out to the state government to save them from the flood.
The ancient town was overrun by flood at the weekend following a downpour that lasted hours between Sunday and Monday.
The most affected areas were Olorunsogo and Ayesan as several houses and vehicles were submerged in the flood.
Residents of the area blamed the incident on ongoing road construction in the town. But, the state government assured the residents it would work to resolve the erosion in the town, with a view of controlling the perennial flooding.
According to one of the residents, Sikiru Olamide, the problem was as a result of the road construction going on in Molipa Express, which affected the free flow of flood in areas like Degun, Olorunsogo and Ikangba close Odutola Food Industry.
“This is not the first time erosion is disturbing us in Ayesan; many residents avoid the area because of perennial flood in the area,” he said.
He blamed the problem on the architectural designs of the area and the way people build houses indiscriminately without an official plan.
Another resident, Adeola Olorungbebe, said the flooding was an incessant issue in the area and the government had continued to promise the people the issue would be resolved, but it had always been a failed promise.
“Right from the Gbenga Daniel era, the issue of flooding has been the major problem of this area and the government kept promising us. Maybe this time around, the present government will do the needful.”
Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya, and his Ministry of Works and Infrastructure counterpart, Akeem Adesina, gave assurance it would be resolved when they jointly led the state government delegation on an on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation in Olorunsogo Community, Ijebu-Ode.
Addressing the residents of the affected community, Oresanya, who said the delegation was in the community to assess the situation, expressed the state government’s commitment to resolving the erosion problems in Ijebu-Ode, which, according to him, had contributed to the flooding of some parts of the town.
He said investigations had, however, revealed that the recent flash flood experienced in the area had been a perennial occurrence and could not be attributed to the ongoing road construction works in the community.
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