April 15, 2024
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By Vanguard

The Third Mainland Bridge is being repaired

*Metallurgical Institute Onitsha students protest destruction

By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Tony Okafor, Esther Onyegbula, Afam Aminu Chimezie, Jimitota Onoyume & Ochuko Akuopha

The torrential downpours that have hit the nation has left many in difficult situations.

The flooding, which ravaged parts of Lagos and Delta states, as well as Anambra, displaced scores of people, robbed them of many valuables and led to fatalities. Palliative repairs on the Third Mainland Bridge were postponed today.

Tragedy

A heavy flood in Lagos yesterday washed a motorbike away from Papa Ashafa, an area called Orile Aggee.

Ibrahim Farinlonye of National Emergency Management Agency’s South West Zonal Coordinator confirmed that the accident occurred. “Mr. Abe” was the name given to the motorcycle rider who escaped after he refused to listen to his fellow riders warnings not to ride near the Ile Epo Busstop in Alimoso Local Government Area (Lagos State).

Postponement

Lagos State has also postponed indefinitely the palliative repairs scheduled to commence today on the Third Mainland Bridge’s failing sections.

According to reports, the rain that fell in metropolis was the reason for the delay.

The Lagos State Transportation Commission, headed by Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi in a written statement explained that this downpour had impacted the preliminary works of planned palliative work to be done on the asphalt paving for the bridge. This was carried out by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

A statement said that “weather conditions will determine a future date for palliative,” and that a new date would be announced.

Sack

Floods have forced residents of Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State to leave their homes. It was reported that the floods were caused by the unabated flow of water into the locality from the River Niger as it overflowed.

Aika Ezeolu is the worst hit quarter in the community, with water reportedly levelling the River Niger.

Some sources claim that most of these residents have left the village for higher ground, while others do not.

Felix Edemanya (Secretary of Ndokwa East Local Government Area) said that he had already informed and warned the public to be prepared for the flooding.

The council will not want to lose anyone as a result of negligence. “Now that this has occurred, the victims should find a safe haven to move into because the local council does not want anyone to be lost as a result negligence.”

Thousands of people have been displaced by floods in the Polobubo/Tsekelewu Community of Warri North.

Paul Toruwei said that Sunday Vanguard, President Polobubo block of communities was concerned about the bad situation, which forced victims to use canoes as a means of transportation within their community.

Protest

Students at Onitsha Metallurgical Training Institute protested the disruption of their academic work on campus due to flooding in Anambra State.

Last Thursday, students demonstrated in great numbers. They said the floods had paralysed all academic and extra-academic work.

Chigozie onyenyili expressed to journalists his disappointment over the present situation of students. They were forced to be awake all night because of flooded dormitories and subsequent damage to their belongings.

“Flooding is a major problem at the school. But it’s worsened by the fact that the government has recently begun flood control processes, removing the existing drainage system inside the campus, without putting in place any measures to minimize flood.

They started flood control in the rainy seasons, but have now abandoned their work, and the entire institution is now flooded.

The destruction of student property has been reported. Beds, mattresses, computers, teaching materials, and pots of soup have all disappeared.

In a response to contacting him, Owoh ugochukwu (Public Relations Officer) of the institution blamed Anambra State for this development.

He stated: “The flooding issue has been ongoing for several years. However, the school officials are trying their best. This flood was caused by the state government channeling waters from Obosi to Onitsha and Owerri Roads.

We had an older drainage that was not carrying much water. When we complained to the government, they excavated it in the name expansion. However, the work is now abandoned, and no other measures have been taken.

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