Nigeria / Colossal floods!
Residents of Ibadan, Oyo State, who were affected by the Tuesday 20th June flooding have called on the state government to come to their aid, saying their property and means of livelihood were destroyed in the incident.
Several houses, church buildings and vehicles were submerged after a downpour caused flooding in the Orogun, Akinyele, Onipepeye, Dandaru Junction and Olodo areas of the city.
On Wednesday, some of the residents, who lost property to the flooding, said the state government should dredge streams and rivers in the affected areas and demolished houses built on water channels in compliance with the Ibadan development master plan to avoid a recurrence.
Anthony Omojola of Onipepeye said, “My car was submerged by the water and I am not sure that I will repair it. My mechanic said it would cost me a lot of money and that it might not be the same again. I am thinking of selling it to anyone interested.
“This tragedy would have been avoided if the government was strict enough in the enforcement of environmental laws. If people build houses on water channel, it is the duty of government to stop such construction, not our duty.”
Mrs. Maria Adepoju, who lost almost all the drugs in her chemist in the Olodo area of the city, said she needed help to bounce back.
She said, “I run a chemist shop and last Friday, I took delivery of new drugs worth N1m. They were in cartons and I had not put them on the shelves. The flood drenched everything, including some of the other drugs on the shelves. I cannot turn to my husband now because we pulled together resources for me to start the business.”
A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Anjorin Akinwale, who set up a fish pond in Olodo, said the flooding swept off the fish, with losses of more than N450, 000.
“I left the UI four years ago and after unsuccessful attempt to find a job, my brother gave me some money to start fish pond business because I studied agriculture. Things were going well until on Tuesday when the flood swept everything away. The ponds were located close to a river. I lost more than N450, 000 worth of fish,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said no record of any casualty was recorded in the flooding.
The South-West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Yakubu Sulieman, said about 300 houses were affected by the flooding with property worth millions of naira destroyed.
He said, “We also observed that the main cause of the flooding is indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainage channels and people erecting structures on flood path. This is indeed very dangerous. We can only implore the people to always observe the mandatory 30 metres setback required by the environmental and physical planning laws before erecting any structure.”
The Oyo State Government, however, promised to support affected residents through prompt repair of roads, culverts and drainage channels.
Author: Tubonemi – Nigeria