14th October, 2010
Inhabitants of Oko Londu, Ibode, Ponpoku, Origbongbo, Origele, Erewe and Itogbesa, theÂ riverine communities popularly called Eyin-Osa, in Ojo Local Government Area of LagosÂ State, Southwest Nigeria, have cried to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),Â to come to their rescue as the area is about to be washed away by flood.
Members of the affected communities told Lagos Bulletin that they have not witnessedÂ flood in the area as it happened this year and because of the situation now, they haveÂ begun to leave the place in droves.
It was also learnt that the situation has sent pupils out of school as their parents haveÂ to relocate them to other communities while fishing, the major occupation of residents ofÂ the communities, has been adversely affected.
Salawatu Yekini, an indigene of Okolondu village, said â€œthis is where I was born about 60Â years ago. We have never witnessed this situation before.Â Now, our fishing business hasÂ been affected, while our children can no longer go to school. This is a terribleÂ situation, government should come to our aid.â€
In his own remarks, 75-year old High Chief Ramoni Adams, the Baale of Okolondu village,Â said, since the flood problem started some days ago, some of the residents have fled theÂ community to other places, while their children have stopped going to school.
â€œAll our belongings have been swept away by flood and are left with nothing. GovernmentÂ should come to our aid before we are sent away from our ancestral homes,â€ he pleaded.
Alhaji Najeem Ajayi, sthe Chief Imam of Origele village, attributed the flood to dredgingÂ of the lagoon. He claimed that prior to the dredging, there was no such occurrence in theÂ area and called on the state government to assist them with relief materials as well asÂ build a fence across the lagoon to save them from future occurrence.
â€œFlood was never experienced in this community before. This is a surprise.Â All ourÂ properties are gone, we donâ€™t have any place to keep our children than to relocate them.
â€œThe only solution now is for government to build a fence around us to shield us fromÂ future flooding.â€
Commenting on the flood, Mr. Yinka Mursiq Durosinmi, Chairman, Ojo Local Government,Â attributed the disaster to the rise in water level across the world and promised toÂ resettle those affected to safe areas, while tasking the National Emergency ManagementÂ Agency (NEMA), to come to the rescue of residents of the affected communities.
â€œOn our part, as a local government, we shall get the affected people resettled but NEMAÂ should come to their assistance. This is what the ecological fund is meant for and theÂ agency should rise to its responsibility and help these people,â€ he stated.