The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has provided temporary accommodation for the victims of Monday’s devastating flooding in some parts of Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
The Senate President’s interventions which commenced immediately after the heavy downpour on Monday night included the provision of food and other relief materials to hundreds of displaced persons in Ilorin metropolis.
The areas affected by the flooding included Oloje, Oko- Olowo, Eruda Alapata, Oja- Iya and Alagbado/Ayegbami areas of Ilorin.
Moved by the plight of the victims who are his constituents, Saraki, had directed his constituency office in Ilorin to take swift action in meeting the immediate needs of the flood victims.
The Director- General of the Mandate Constituency Office, Ilorin, Alh Musa Abdullahi yesterday led a Senate President’s delegation on assessment tour of the affected areas in the state capital.
Abdullahi on behalf of Saraki sympathised with the victims and donated some relief materials to them. He asked those who could not find a place to sleep to report at the Mandate office where shelter will be provided for them.
He said the Senate president will liaise with the state government on the need for the clearing of the blocked drainages to allow for easy passage of water when it rains.
Also, the Kwara state government has urged residents to remain calm in the wake of the heavy rainfall which led to flooding in some parts of Ilorin, the state capital on Monday even as it pledged relief measures for victims.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Mr Amos Justus, who spoke after inspecting areas affected by the flood in Ilorin on Tuesday, assured residents of the governments’ commitment to finding a permanent solution to the incessant flooding.
He added that in the meantime, the government will provide palliatives to curb the flooding and its effect and assured residents of the readiness of the State’s response team to deal any other emergencies.
Justus also warned residents to desist from dumping refuse indiscriminately especially in drainage channels, adding that such act do not only portend health hazards but also threats to lives and property.
The commissioner also disclosed that the state government will collaborate with the Federal Government in securing the ecological fund to ensure that permanent solution is found to the perennial flooding in the state. Areas inspected include Taiwo, Geri-Alimi, Hajji Camp, Surulere and Ita- Nma areas of the metropolis.