Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Ogun


A heavy rainstorm Thursday evening wreaked havoc in Abeokuta metropolis in Abeokuta South local government council area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, leaving residents with tales of woe and anguish.

The storm ravaged Iporo Ake, Itoko, Oke-Ejigbo,Ijaye, Iyana-Mortuary, Olorunsogo, Abiola Way and Lantoro, where hundreds of residents were rendered homeless and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

The state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who visited the affected areas on Friday saw rooftops of five public primary schools blown off.

Electric poles were also not spared by the rainstorm which also uprooted trees in some areas.

When the governor visited Bode-Ijaiye Primary School,one of the affected schools, he expressed shock and described the incident as unfortunate.

He expressed his administration’s readiness to assist the victims of the rainstorm through aid from the Federal Government .

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Meanwhile, the governor has advised students of tertiary institutions to be peaceful while exercising their constitutional right to protest.

Amosun made this call while addressing members of the National Association of Ogun State Students, NAOSS, who came to the secretariat to demand among others, payment of bursary which had not been paid for the past four years and a bus for their association.

The governor regretted the unruly behaviour of the students, saying, “the constitution only guarantees right to peaceful protests. You have the right to protest but that must be exercised within the ambit of the law. That is the prescription of the constitution. Your conduct today is over the top and I advise this must never repeat itself.”

Amosun urged the students, who later apologised for their unruly conduct, not to allow themselves to be used but rather reciprocate the good gestures of the present administration which among others restored regular payment of subventions to all public owned institutions and salaries of workers.

He promised to look into their demands get back to them soonest.

By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

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