…As Badagry residents count losses following home ravaging flood***
The torrential rain that started on Friday till the late hours of Saturday has submerged some houses and cut some roads within Magboro community, drowning a middle-aged gas retailer, identified as Kingsley Ejike, and throwing the people into serious mourning.
Ejike, a gas retailer, and groom to be owner of Kingsfield Gas at Magboro, was swept away by the flood resulting from Saturday’s downpour, just as some communities in Badagry area of Lagos State count their losses following flooding, after many hours of devastating weekend rainfall, which destroyed homes, churches, shops and farmlands.
Ejike drowned in a flood around the Sparklight Estate area of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway in Ogun; and the bloated body was discovered by the search party of Ilaje fishermen around High-Impact Sparklight Road on Sunday.
A witness claimed that Ejike could have fallen victim on his way to supply cooking gas to some of his customers around the estate on the evening of Saturday.
“There was a search party for the missing Ejike after we found his Motorbike on the flood plain without him,’’ the witness said.
A community leader and Ejikes customer, Mr Tunde Oyebola, described the deceased as a dogged man, who often supplied gas to some residents on credit.
“I have known him for the past six years now. He does his business diligently and everybody loves him in my area.
“He is a nice and dogged man, who does his business in honesty. Sometimes, he supplies gas to us on credit to pay later,” the community leader said.
Oyebola said that the deceased loved his family and was the only one footing the bill of his aged mother who is down with stroke.
A resident, Bolaji Dada, however, attributed the cause of the flooded plains to the diversion of waterways by Julius Berger, the contractor handling the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
He said the waterways were diverted to the community without making provision of drainage to ensure a free-flow of flood during rain.
“The contractor should have provided waterways for the diversion, especially the Hi-Impact road.
“We will need the attention of the government to prevent further flooding of the community,’’ he said.
Subsequently, some communities within Magboro such as Oke-Afa, Oke Ayo, Gaun and adjourning communities are flooded as motorists and commuters are unable to pass through the high current flooded roads.
Meanwhile, residents of some communities in Badagry area of Lagos State have begun to count their losses, following flooding after many hours of devastating weekend rainfall which destroyed homes, churches, shops and farmlands.
The communities affected by the flooding, which destroyed property worth millions of naira, include Zongbakomeh, Yoyome, Vetho Gevie, Poshukoh, Oropo, Finanyo, Itoga road and Okutu Imeke.
The flooding rendered many families homeless as some buildings were submerged before residents returned from work while others fled their homes during the weekend heavy rains and took refuge in safer neighbourhoods.
Some residents were seen on Monday spreading their soaked rugs, clothes, mattresses and other household items in sun.
Mr Idowu Jimoh, a staff of Public Complaints Commission (PCC) and resident of Finanyon in Badagry said the flood-affected most of the buildings in the area.
“The rain, which started early Saturday morning affected churches, homes and farmlands.
“Some churches could not open for service on Sunday because their compounds were waterlogged.
“Most of us are still busy cleaning our environments, spreading our soaked mattresses and clothes that were affected by the flood.
“Some people were crying because the flood has destroyed their vital documents while some have moved out of the community,’’ Jimoh said.
He said that the community needed a canal that would channel the storm water into the river.
“We cannot do this alone in the community, we urge the Lagos State Government to come to our aid,’’ the community leader said.
Mr Bamidele Ibrahim, General-Secretary, Alafia Community Development Area, Itoga Road, said more than 400 houses and 500 shops were flooded in the area.
“The road/drainage construction on Samuel Ekundayo/Itoga road embarked upon by Lagos State Government early this year has been abandoned by the contractors.
“This led to the flooding of shops, buildings, churches and mosques. This is a terrible experience,’’ Ibrahim said.
He appealed to the state government to expedite action on the abandoned road/drainage project, urging the contractors to build canals which would channel water to the river.
Commenting on the development, Spokesman for Badagry Local Government, Mr Adeyemi Awotunji explained that the Council Chairman, Mr Segun Onilude, had visited affected areas to assess the extent of damage done by the flooding.
Awoyemi said that the chairman had directed council officials to start palliative work in the areas affected by the flood by clearing the drainage for easy passage of water.