As Ibadan residents continue to groan over the incessant threat of flood to their communities, the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has made a passionate appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan to take urgent steps in order to fix the ecological problem once and for all.
Sen. Lanlehin, in a press statement issued in Ibadan by his media aide, Olawale Sadare, observed that it would amount to abandonment of the people of Ibadanland if the federal government should fail to collaborate with the Oyo State government to find a lasting solution to the problem of flooding constantly ravaging the ancient city.
“The status of the Oyo State capital as the largest city in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa coupled with its population density should be enough to elicit seriousness on the part of Jonathan administration regarding the desired funding of some special ecological projects expected to fix the problems of flooding in Ibadan.
“President Goodluck Jonathan paid an on-the-spot assessment visit last year when scores of our people got killed and properties estimated at several millions of naira were lost to a flood disaster and he made some promises but since then nothing has come from the federal government to nip the problem in the bud at least to prevent a recurrence.
“Inasmuch as our people are not prepared for any condolence visits again on account of preventable disasters, we urge the President to mobilize officials of the Ministries of Environment, Health, and Works among other relevant agencies to Ibadan with a view to assessing the situation and carrying out necessary action capable of ameliorating the suffering of the people.” Lanlehin stated.
The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation therefore sympathized with the victims of the last weekend flooding which sacked most residents of areas such as Oke Ayo, Apete, Odo-Ona Elewe, Oluyole among others from their homes urging them to cooperate with the State government in its efforts to find a lasting solution to the problem.