Third Mainland Bridge Shifted Repairs
*Metallurgical Institute Onitsha students protest destruction
By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Tony Okafor, Esther Onyegbula, Afam Aminu Chimezie, Jimitota Onoyume & Ochuko Akuopha
In many parts of the country, torrential floods are a result of heavy rains.
The floods that ravaged Lagos, Delta and Anambra state amongst others caused scores to be displaced from their home, robbed their valuables. They also led to many deaths, and delayed the start of the palliative construction works on the Third Mainland Bridge.
On Sunday, Lagos State’s Orile-Agege district was hit by a flood that swept a bike away.
Ibrahim Farinlonye is the South West Zone Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Farinlonye who confirmed the event said that “one motorcycle rider called Abe swept away, after refusing his colleagues’ warnings to stay off the Ile Epo Busstop canals in Alimoso Local Government Area. Lagos State.”
Lagos State announced today that it would postpone indefinitely its palliative repair works on Third Mainland Bridge sections which had failed.
According to some, yesterday’s heavy rains in many parts of the city made the decision necessary.
Oluwaseun Osiyemi of Lagos State Public Works Corporation explained in a recent statement that the heavy rains had affected the initial stages of palliative repairs to the asphalt pavement on the bridge.
In the statement, it read: “Another date that will depend on weather conditions for palliative will be properly communicated.”
Residents in Delta State have been displaced by flooding that occurred within the Ndokwa East Local Government Area. This flood was caused as a result of days of non-stop water flowing from the River Niger.
Aika Ezeolu Quarter of the Community is worst hit, as water has reportedly reached the River Niger.
Sources say that some residents are still in the same community, but others have moved to higher ground.
Felix Edemanya commented on the situation yesterday. “We already advised and warned people about taking precautions so they won’t be cut off from the flood.”
It is important that they protect their possessions. The council won’t want them to suffer as a direct result of neglect.
Floods forced the evacuation of scores of Polobubo/Tsekelewu communities in Warri North.
Paul Toruwei of the Polobubo community blocks told Sunday Vanguard about the dire situation. He said the victims were forced to rely solely on canoes within the communities.
Onitsha Metallurgical Training Institute students in Anambra State protested flood-related disruption of campus academic activities.
Students, who demonstrated on Thursday last week in large number, claimed that flooding had paralysed the academic and other activities.
ChigozieOnyenyili who was speaking to the journalists expressed her dissatisfaction at the situation that students are currently facing. She highlighted the fact that many of them have been forced to sleep through the night as a result of flooding in their hostels, and the destruction of all of their personal belongings.
He explained: “Flooding had been a problem within the institution. This was made worse by the recent flood control measures taken by the government. They removed an existing drain inside the school but did not take the proper steps to prevent flooding.
“They began flood control work during the rainy period, but they abandoned it now and, as we speak, the entire institution was flooded.
The students’ property, including beds, mattresses learning material, laptops and soup pots has all been destroyed.
Contacted, OwohUgochukwu the Public Relations officer of the institution, blamed Anambra State Govt. for the incident.
“The issue of flooding has lingered in the schools for years. But they are still doing everything possible to resolve it.” The flooding is due to the fact that the state has channelled waters coming from Obosi Road, Nkpor Road, Onitsha – Owerri Road, and surrounding areas down to the schools.
“We had a small drainage before that, which carried little water. We made our case to state officials and others, who came out and dug up the drainage for expansion. But the work was abandoned and alternative measures were not put into place.”
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