From: AgroNature Admin
A House of Representatives member, Oladipupo Adebutu, has said proper channelisation of water pathways and canals would prevent future occurrence of flooding in Ogun communities.
The lawamker sympathised with the affected people decring the havoc last Friday’s flood did to some homes and residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
However, he urged the government to pay more attention to the water courses within the state capital.
Adebutu advised the government to “properly channelise” the water pathways instead of concentrating its energy on building bridges.
The lawmaker representing Remo Federal Constituency spoke on Sunday when he visited victims of the flood in Abeokuta to assess the situation.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Rural Development noted that since flooding in Abeokuta and its environs had become yearly occurrence, the state government should have taken proactive measures to avert the latest incident.
He said: “My assessment of the situation is that we are suffering from bad governance. This is not the first time this has happened. It is a perennial thing, and I believe a responsible government should have invested in the channelisation of water courses, instead of building bridges where there is no water.
“The money used in building one of the bridges to nowhere, if it is used in proper channelisation in the town, our people will not be suffering like this. People have lost their homes; people have lost their businesses and, most regrettably, people have lost their lives.
“A family of three was carried away by this flood because there is no government that cares. That is my position.”