…directs evacuation of residents of flood-prone areas
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday called on the federal government to order contractors handling the channelisation of the Asa River in the state back to site immediately.
He stressed that the drainage was poorly constructed and narrow to prevent flooding in the areas, loss of human lives and properties.
According to him, several letters had been written to the federal government about the threats the poor construction poses to the people of the state, especially residents of Ilorin, the state capital.
In his words, “This (channelisation) was long awarded. They didn’t execute it properly. We have written them a letter that they should come and finish it. What they did is too narrow.”
AbdulRazaq said this during an on-the-spot assessment of the project at Mubo community of Ilorin, where Wednesday’s downpour claimed a lady (Adeyemi Lateefah).
Lateefah was reportedly going to the Maraba motor park when she slipped into the flooded drainage.
AbdulRazaq commiserated with the family of the deceased, assuring them that a search team has been dispatched to look for her and that the administration would ensure that proper steps are taken to ward off such incident in the future.
The Wednesday downpour caused instant flooding of the area owing to what residents called the poor construction of the Asa drainage.
AbdulRazaq directed the Kwara State Ministries of Works and Transport and Environment and Forestry to immediately drain the flooded area, including a megachurch where dozens of people were trapped following the downpour.
He also reiterated the government’s appeal for people in flood-prone areas to evacuate such vicinities following national forecasts about heavy flooding across the country, including Kwara State.
The Governor’s appeal came on the heel of a statewide sensitisation by the administration on the need for people to leave the flashpoint already identified by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Apart from the various sensitisation campaign that began with a news briefing in August, officials from the ministry and the Government House have since Monday kick-started a new sensitisation tour of various areas of the state where flooding is expected.