The Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA will write a comprehensive report of the flooding problem in Aboru to the state government for possible intervention.

The Chairman of the LCDA, Augustine Arogunde said this on Saturday during an assessment tour of Aboru, Oki, Ifesowapo, Alabede and environs after the heavy downpour that reportedly swept two people away.

Agbado Oke Odo LCDA Chairman during the visit

It was gathered that two young boys sent by their parents to buy cooking gas at a gas station unknowingly fell into the drain through which water passed into the canal at Alabede axis.

“Three young men attempted rescuing the boys and succeeded in rescuing the older one, but one of the rescuers popularly known as Wasiu Stubborn was swept away while trying to rescue the other victim,” eyewitnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

The Alabede canal that swept away the flood victims

Speaking to NAN at the scene, Mr Solomon Agboghoroma, a Community Development Association leader in Oki town, regretted the development, blaming the failure of government to construct a bridge in the area for such incidents.

Agboghoroma, who recounted the ordeals of landlords and residents of the area anytime it rained, said that there was the need to expand Aboru road and build a bridge at Cement Bud Stop to forestall recurrence of such tragedy.

“This rain started almost four or five days ago but the one of last night was one of the heaviest and it started at about 2:15 am and by 3:15am, it came with full force and everywhere was flooded.

“At about 7:30 am or 8:00am, we learnt that an OPC member, who was security guard in one of the gas stations here was carried away by flood while trying to rescue two children who came to buy gas, but fell into the drain.

“The gas station had not opened because of the flood as the whole place including the canal had overflowed its banks.

“The children misplaced their legs and the two of them fell inside the gutter. This OPC boy went and rescued one but in the process of rescuing the second child, he and the boy fell into the canal and that was the end,” Agboghoroma said.

The spokesman for the LCDA chairman, Edafe Oghenebrume, in a release said the chairman pacified those affected by the flood, assuring the communities that report of the incident would be forwarded to the state Governor.

The LCDA Chairman with his spokesman, Edafe Oghenebrume

Flooding is a major problem in the area and all efforts by residents to get government attention has not yielded tangible results.

The residents appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to continue the concrete construction project on the canal from Agege to Alabede which was awarded by former Governor Babatunde Fashola but discontinued by his predecessor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

This would be the second time this week that the LCDA boss would be visiting the area to the situation of things.

He had visited the Raji Rasaki street on Wednesday to monitor the desilting exercise aimed at mitigating the effect of flood in the communities.

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