Ibadan sacked again as market women lament

Torrential rains inundated the city of Ibadan in Oyo state leading to serious floods in most areas of the city. Many residents had to vacate their homes to safe havens.

Areas severely affected includes Agbebukola, Abidogun markets, Odo-Ona, Oke-Ayo, Omi-Adio, NIHORT, Apata and Gbekuba areas of the city. Some bridges connecting communities were also overrun by the flood.

In a bid to avoid train accident, community leaders placed calls across to officials of Nigerian Railway Corporation with the aim of halting movement.

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About 200 shops were estimated to have been destroyed by the flood despite the water channels and drainages constructed by local authorities to control flood. Crop farmlands and fish ponds were not spared, as farmers lost huge investments to the flood.

Market women looked amazed yesterday morning as water level rose, covering their shops where goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed.

One of the market women stated that “As you can see, some foodstuffs have been displayed in the sun for drying. The disaster is painful. In fact, some of them who could not withstand the loss collapsed and were resuscitated this morning.

Chairman, Ido Local Government Area, Wahab Oladejo, stated that: “This is beyond anybody’s imagination. It is a national disaster.

“Recently, Governor Abiola Ajimobi directed that all rivers in the local government that are in critical condition should be dredged and this we did last week. So, this incident is amazing.”

A resident whose house was flooded stated that “We are appealing to the government to act fast now to save the residents from disaster. We don’t know what to expect in the month of August.

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“We believe that state government can prevent this tragedy by constructing modern drainages and dredging the Omi River. We have other rivers within the city.

“People throw refuse inside them and blocked the waterway; this is quite unfortunate. Let the government improve on the refuse management to avert this problem,” he stated.