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Flood sacks Lagos community

By Amidu Arije

What supposed to be joyful and excitement day as Muslims celebrate eid-el-fitr turns sour as residents of Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos were afflicted with pains as flood submerged communities and sacked them from their homes.

The early down pour of Sunday on eid day, forced majority of the residents out of their houses as flood took over the streets and their apartments.

At Oju-Elegba Road, Dalemo Alakuko, the residents complained that the road which was recently constructed by the Lagos State Government was not properly done, causing heavy flood.

Some of the residents who spoke to The Bliss News complained that the dual drainages on both sides of the road were not well constructed, while the canal which was supposedly constructed to channel the water out of the community was not done by the contractor who handled the project.

The road construction project was started by the former Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode but was completed by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration.

One of the residents whose apartments were submerged, Abdullahi Oguntayo, said he has lost all his properties to the flood.

“I was outside when the rain started, on getting home, I saw all my properties floating on the water. My foam, my tapes, TV and others have been destroyed. The government needs to come back to this community. This road was recently constructed but we are surprised that we are still witnessing this calamity,” he said.

The Chairman of the community, Alhaji Ipadeola, said the reason why the community encountered the unusual flood was that the construction of the road was not done properly as he blamed the government for not supervising the project.

“There is a small stream down the street, when they were constructing the road, we agitated that a canal should be constructed to channel all the waters that flow through the street but it was not done.

“They said a landlord refused to allow them construct the canal because it would take part of his house. Assuming the government did the proper thing and constructed the canal, this flood wouldn’t have been occurring in this community. Now virtually all the houses are submerged in flood. We have never witnessed such flood in this community even when the road was not been reconstructed.”

Ipadeola appealed to the local and state governments to come to their aid by coming back to the community to construct proper drainage to allow for free flow of water.

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