The Osun State Commissioner for Information, Adelani Baderinwa has blamed the Federal government over the unfortunate incident in the state which was the flood disaster at Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities on Monday.
Sadly, properties were destroyed and many rendered homeless as a heavy downpour, which lasted for several hours on Sunday, flooded homes and streets in Mayfair, Lagere, Ibadan road and Asherifa areas of the city has gathered by our correspondent.
Similarly, the students of Higher institutions in Ile-Ife; Obafemi Awolowo University, The polytechnic Ile-Ife and Oduduwa University Ipetumodu were affected by the flood as they lamented bitterly over the incident. In a swift response, the Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA) officers have been deployed to the affected parts.
The commissioner, Mr Baderinwa noted that the only lasting solution to stop subsequent flooding in the areas is by the intervention of the Federal government to repair bridges and construct more. He said “We can only manage the situation but a lasting solution is until the federal government will be contacted to come and do the places affected because the only solution is to have the reconstruction of those bridges and more bridges.” while speaking to the journalist.
However, resident members testified to the intervention of some government officials, though unsure of the agencies they represent.
Recounting their losses, some students interviewed by the journalist lamented bitterly. A student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Adebisi Elizabeth, lamented about her homeless state. She said, “Look at me now, I don’t have anywhere to stay and all my belongings as a student have been flooded away because when the erosion started, I had to run for my dear life.” She lamented
In a similar vein, the Chairman of the Nigerian University and administrative and technical staff Union. (NUATSU), Obafemi Awolowo University branch, Comrade Wole Odewumi, charged the monarchs of the two communities affected to provide measures to prevent future occurrences.
“The Ooni of Ile-Ife and the Oba of Modakeke should look for a way to solve this problem and prevent it from reoccurring.”
He also warned the management of OAU, whose students were affected the most, to have a meeting with the landlords of the houses to reach a consensus on the accommodation services rendered as most houses were built beside waterlogged areas and without a drainage system.