Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo yesterday promised the federal government’s assistance to victims of flood disaster which happened last Friday in Ogun state in which lives were lost and properties worth several millions of naira were destroyed.
Osinbajo, who made an on-the-spot assessment of the disaster scenes yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital assured that the federal government would be seating down with the Ogun state government to plan on how to provide succour to the affected families and a permanent solution to the flooding challenges in the state.
The Vice President, whose chopper taxied at the Arcade ground of Ogun state secretariat complex around 4:32 pm, hurriedly went on the assessment tour of the affected areas in company of the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
Some of the places which the VP visited included: Isale-Igbehin, Ijeun Titun, Ago-Ijesa, Itoku Market, and Isale-Igbehin where the flooding wrecked havocs.
No fewer than five persons were however, confirmed dead, while property worth millions of naira were also destroyed during the downpour which lasted for over three hours.
The flooding also caused river channels in the capital city to flood their banks, which led to loss of the lives and sweeping away of several vehicles.
Speaking with journalists at one of the affected areas in the popular Itoku Market, the VP enjoined residents of the state, particularly the affected families to be grateful to God that the flood disaster occurred during day time which enabled many families the opportunities to escape.
He also expressed satisfaction at the levels of the drainages, channelisation and lots of infrastructure put in place by the state government which he said assisted at mitigating what would have been the gave consequences of the flooding.
“What has happened here is very Unfortunate indeed. A lot of drainages have been done, but the level of the rain has been so heavy that it has overtaken the infrastructure put in place.”
The Vice President however, assured that the federal would provide immediate relief materials to support the state government.
Commenting on how to avoid the future occurrence of the disaster, the Vice president declared that government may have to relocate people whose houses are located within the valleys to a higher ground.
Osinbajo also advocated for a change of attitudes among residents such that would make them stop blocking the drainages.
“This is unavoidable. Flash flooding where you have rains for
hours, especially rains in the tropic in the type of the place we are, it is difficult to avoid flash flooding. We are Fortunate it didn’t take place at night, if it did and there was a sudden surge of water, it will naturally cause a lot of disaster.”
“The federal government commiserate with the families of the victims and the state government. And I want to say that God has been gracious to us because it could have been worse but for the drainages and the channelisation and a lot of infrastructure here which have all helped to move the water. As you can see, it has been decapitated despite the huge surge in the flood.”
“So, I think we should be thankful to God and the state government for providing the right type of infrastructure and very quick response to minimize the loss.”