As negative impacts of flood continue to hit parts of the country, the Federal Government has assured its victims that it will surely address their sufferings and provide adequate relief materials for them, in addition to coming up with long term strategies to avoid future occurrence of the disaster.
A statement from the Federal Ministry of Works disclosed that the Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen, led a delegation to Lokoja where the team inspected the flood-ravaged areas.
The minister, during the visit, described the negative impacts of the flood as a national emergency and noted that President Goodluck Jonathan had already ordered an immediate solution to the problem.
In the same vein, an early morning downpour that lasted several hours in Lagos caused flooding of many roads and threatened normal economic activities in various parts of Lagos State on Thursday. The flooding of the roads led to massive gridlocks in most of the affected areas, which included the First and Second Rainbow end of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway as well as Mile 2, among others.
The downpour caused scarcity of commercial vehicles in most of the affected places, a situation which left scores of passengers stranded at various bus stops for hours, while countless others spent several hours trapped in the ensuing traffic logjams.
At the First and Second Rainbow end of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, which, according to information gathered, was one of the worst hit roads in the state, many vehicles that apparently could not stand the pressure of moving in the flood water that had covered the road broke down. This situation also aggravated the traffic snarl.
Narrating her ordeal, a woman, who identified herself as Comfort Anisi, revealed that she had been trapped in the holdup on the expressway for five hours, in spite of the fact that she had left her home very early. “I spent five hours in the traffic logjam. I got tangled in it around 8.00a.m. but I eventually arrived at my office which is just at Berger Yard area of the expressway at exactly 1.00p.m. This means I lost five hours of my time doing nothing.
“Since I have been plying this road, I have never seen this kind of water before. I, therefore, call on the government to investigate what could actually be the cause of the problem and fix it once and for all. All motorists and even pedestrians always suffer on this portion of the road anytime there is downpour,” she disclosed.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) recently warned Lagos residents to brace up for heavy rains.
Courtesy: Nigerian Tribune