Flood Exposes Failure Of Lagos, Ogun Governments
Huhuonline.com can reveal that governors Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state and Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state have come under heavy attacks from residents who have suffered both human and material loses in the heavy
rainfall and subsequent flooding which affected the two states.
Some residents who spoke with Huhuonline.com said the recent flooding of the states were a sign that the much hyped achievements of the governors were after all a farce.
"How else can one describe a situation where you are praised today for completing a project and by tomorrow, it is washed away by flood? This is evidence that the Governors were only spending money to win the hearts of the people, rather than actually making contractors do good jobs."
Eye witnesses' account disclosed that many of the residents went through harrowing experiences as the rainstorm caused serious traffic problems across both states with several vehicles submerged in the flood and resulting in the collapse of buildings and the subsequent death of some people.
The sad development however became brisk businesses for some jobless youths who ferried people across the flood for various amounts in canoes while others who carried people on their backs and shoulders in some areas collected between N100 and N200 depending on the distance they had to carry their clients through.
Huhuonline.com can confirm that most roads, drainages and canals in Lagos state, including those recently constructed by the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, were flooded and in some cases overwhelmed by the flood.
The situation was worse in areas of Lagos like Mushin, Oshodi, Ikeja, Ogba, Aboru and Agbado-Ijaiye. In Aboru and Mushin, several buildings were flooded and properties were destroyed.
A Lagos resident, Toyin Adams, whose car was submerged in the flooding, screamed: "I came out drenched. I thought I had died and had to desperately find a way of coming out of the car. My entire body was soaked in
the flood and I just hope I don't contact some illness as a result of this.
'Sometimes, I often wonder why we praise some of these governors. You are in care of public funds and you cannot make good use of it for the benefit of the people. This is bad enough and shameful of this state."
In Ogun state, major areas of Ijoko, Toll Gate, Ojuore and Sango and Iyana were seriously affected. The road linking Toll Gate and Ojuore was cut off and motorists just as trains plying the two states could not work till late Thursday due to the effect of the heavy rains on the sub-stations.
Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who is has spent over a year in office is currently facing heavy criticisms as the residents complain that despite their tax payments, they have been left with the responsibilities of government.
"As it is now, they rains are not over yet, meaning that we just have to bear more of these troubles while we thought we voted for those who understood our feelings and plights," some of the resident told Huhuonline.com.