By Oduyemi Odumade
Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency in Ogun State is currently grappling with a severe flood crisis that has submerged homes, displaced families, and disrupted vital infrastructure prompting urgent calls for federal intervention as the flood situation has surpassed the capabilities of the state government.
The Lawmaker representating the Federal Constituency, Mr. Akinosi Olatunji, raised the alarm over the dire situation when he moved a motion on the “Need to Controll the Flood Ravaging Ado-Odo Ota Federal Constituency” at plenary in Abuja.
According to the Lawmaker, the floods, particularly along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, have not only displaced inhabitants but have also significantly impacted business activities in the area.
He explained that the Lagos-Abeokuta Federal Highway serves as a crucial link connecting Ogun State to neighboring Western states, making the flood’s impact far-reaching.
He expressed concern that if the flood is not controlled promptly, critical infrastructure such as roads, electricity supply, schools, and hospitals would be destroyed and residents may lose their sources of income.
The Lawmaker also noted the potential disruption of vehicular movement in neighboring South-West states as sections of the road infrastructure could be destroyed, leading to a complete cut off of transportation links if the flood continues unabated.
In response to the crisis, the house resolved to urge the Federal Ministry of Environment, Ecological Fund Office, and the Federal Ministry of Works to tackle the menace of flooding and erosion in Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency.
Additionally, the house called the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to provide relief materials to affected victims.
The House also emphasized the need for immediate repairs and reconstruction of the affected roads.
It also said to enhance emergency response capabilities, a National Emergency Management Agency Station will be established in Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency to assist residents in the event of any future emergencies that could lead to the loss of lives and property.
The Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness has been entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the resolutions passed by the House.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze
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