By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Property worth millions of naira have been destroyed in Ibokun, Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State, following a heavy downpour in the area on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the incessant down pour overwhelmed the capacity of the bridge on Olooyo river along Ipetu Ile-Ibokun road, which thereafter resulted in flooding.
Consequent upon this, residents of the area called on the state government to save them from being totally displaced as many of them have abandoned their homes due to severe flooding.
One of the affected residents, Mrs Idowu Sarah appealed to the state government to expand the bridge so that it can accommodate the volume of water which runs through the area during rainy season and construct more drainages and channels to ease the flow of water.
“The route is especially strategic to the economy development of the state of Osun as it connects Ikirun, Iragbiji, Ipetu, Ibokun , Esa-Oke, Ijebujesa, Ilesa up to Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi states and the Federal Capital Territory.”
Meanwhile, a member of the Osun State House of Assembly, representing Obokun State Constituency, Adewumi Adeyemi, during his assessment tour to the area, commended the past governments in the state for efforts at channelisation of the rivers across the state.
Adeyemi then appealed to Governor Gboyega Oyetola led administration to assist the area through prompt emergency response to ease off the flooded rivers.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) had warned of a high probability that a total of 74 Local Government Areas across the country will witness high flood risk when the rainy season begins in full this year.
The agency further said all the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory are expected to experience different levels of flooding with Osun, Lagos, Benue, Oyo, Cross River, Sokoto, Plateau, Abia, Edo listed as states highly to experience flooding.