By Gbenga Akinwunmi
THE Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Olugbenga Daniel, has said the state would need N8 billion to manage the flood that recently sacked major parts of the state capital, Abeokuta. It would be recalled that a devastating flood last Thursday swept across the state capital leaving behind tales of woes among residents as it killed two persons while property were destroyed.
Among the victims of the downpour were theÂ former Head of the Interim Government, Chief Ernest Sonekan, who lost substantial part of his building at Oke-Ilewo, Oke-Igbehin Government Houseâ€™s bridgeÂ and several others.
Daniel who spoke with newsmen after inspecting the scenes of the flood disaster across Abeokuta also pleaded with the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority not to release water in Oyan dam, saying that such would compound the residentsâ€™ problems.
Governor Daniel who was accompanied on the inspection by the Commissioners for Environment, Adeleke Adedoyin, Water Resources, Kola Onadipe, Finance, Kehinde Sogunle , Information, Sina Kawonise and his Special Adviser on Works, Kehinde Osikoya appealed to the residents not to block waterways to prevent future occurrence.
According to him, â€œwe would need N8billion as initial money to repair the roads and bridges washed away by the torrential rain. Though OGROMA is giving out palliative on some of the badly affected roads, but the extensive environmental impact of the flooding required Federal Government immediate intervention.â€
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, ordered the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to distribute relief materials to the victims of the heavy down pour.
Bankole in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication, Chief Kayode Odunaro, said the Zonal Coordinator for NEMA, South-West, Mr. Isiaka Akande, has been directed to immediately send some relief materials to the victims.
He added that the agency should liaise with the Ogun State Emergency Relief Agency on what the state government was doing to avoid duplication in addressing the human aspect of the disaster.