12th July, 2011
Ogun State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has visited the victims of the flood disaster which occurred after heavy rain on Sunday in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Hundreds of residents lost their valuables to the floods that ravaged the state capital.
It destroyed public and private buildings in areas such as Ijaye bridge, Ijaiye, St. Mary Anglican Church, Oke-Ejigbo and Isale Abese bridge,Obantoko among other areas in the metropolis
The governor who addressed the affected residents enjoined them to desist from dumping refuse into drainage channels in order to avert flooding during the rainy season.
â€œBlocking of drainage channels with refuse would not help the present situation,â€ the governor who spoke in vernacular told the pensive residents.
The governor also said that although some houses were constructed on flood plains, this would be looked into with a view to averting imminent disaster.
He maintained that the state government would do all within its power â€œto minimise unnecessary demolition of buildings along flood prone areas,â€ adding that refuse disposal bins would be provided at various locations for collection of refuse.
Amosun reiterated his administration’s resolve to continuously protect lives and properties in the state, noting that environmental sanitation laws must be strictly enforced to achieve a cleaner and healthier society.
Meanwhile,the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ogun State chapter, has assured persons affected by the floods of the state governmentâ€™s determination to remedy their predicament.
In a statement signed by the partyâ€™s Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Sola Lawal, the ACN called for calm by those who suffered losses as a result of the havoc, stating that government is assessing the damage caused by the floods in order to alleviate their plight.
The party said the government is determined not to only bring succor to the residents who were unfortunate to have been caught up in the disaster, but also take precautionary measures to avert a similar disaster in future.
According to the statement, â€œthe ACN-led administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun is a responsive government which is alive to its responsibilities toward assuaging the sufferings of its people in all aspects and will not fold its hands when its people groan in agony over such a natural disaster.
â€œWe therefore appeal to those who this sad incident has affected in any way to remain calm and await the prompt and lasting solution in the overall interest of the state.”
It added that the people should not regard the floods as a setback but rather take it as highlighting the realities of the extent of work that needs to be done by the government to make the state conducive for decent and meaningful living.
â€œThe flood has exposed the defects in the social infrastructure in the state, particularly the drainage and faulty town planning and this will form part of the fulcrum of the rebuilding policies and programmes of the government.
â€œSenator Ibikunle Amosun has promised to implement to the letter the cardinal programmes of the ACN which is aimed at bringing drastic reforms to the style of governance in the state as well as uplift the social-economic well-being of the people. The party assures that the governor stands on this pledge.
â€œIt is not a hidden fact that rapid developmental efforts have kicked off in earnest since the swearing-in of the Amosun government on May 29, not only in the state capital but also in the hitherto neglected suburbs, and this goes a long way to paint the picture of the package the ACN government has in store for the people,â€ the party added.
By Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta