WE WARN THAT A GREATER DISASTER AWAITS IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES OF IFO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OGUN STATE UNLESS GOVERNOR IBIKUNLE AMOSUN-LED STATE GOVERNMENT WAKES UP FROM ITS SLUMBER
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), IFO Local Government Area (LGA) chapter, sympathizes with the victims of flood which occurred last Friday 13 July 2018 in Abeokuta during a heavy rainfall. According to reports, no fewer than 5 people may have lost their lives while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by the flood.
As far as we are concerned, this is a natural disaster made worse by the failures of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led State government. We therefore put the responsibility for this disaster at the doorstep of the Ogun state government and demand immediate compensation to all victims as well as emergency measures to prevent a new flood considering that the rainy season is far from over.
However while sympathizing with the people of Abeokuta, we warn that a far greater disaster beckons in the rural communities of Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun state like Oke Aro, Olambe, Matogun, Giwa, Koye Oke, Alagbole, Ajuwon, Akute etc if the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led State government does not wake up for its slumber. These are communities that have been abandoned for long by the government in the areas of provisions of basic public infrastructures. There are no drainages or water channels in these communities because there are no tarred roads!
It is disheartening and a sign of the insensitivity of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to the plight of the people of these communities that all the road projects began by the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led government years ago have now been abandoned thus compounding the condition of the roads and adding to the hardship and pain of the people living in these communities. As a result, people in these communities are living in palpable fear for their lives as the rainy season intensifies. Infact, should there be a heavy downpour in these communities on the scale of the rainfall that caused the flooding in Abeokuta last week, there is no doubt that several parts of these rural and abandoned communities could be submerged leading to large scale death and destruction.
Our party therefore calls on the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led state government to immediately come to the rescue of the inhabitant of these communities by ensuring that all abandoned road projects are completed, efforts made to tar all roads within the communities and drainage channels are dug in order to prevent mishap. As far as we are concerned, the Ogun state government has the resources to complete the abandoned road projects and even do more. But this will only be possible if the routine looting of the state treasury by politicians is blocked and the corrupt contract system replaced by a system of public works programme under which roads and other similar infrastructural projects will be undertaken directly by a retooled and motivated public works department instead of the current practice where infrastructural projects are contracted out to friends and political associates masquerading as contractors in order to steal public resources.
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) is a newly registered political party that stands for the interest of the working class and poor masses. We urge the people of Ifo LGA and Ogun state at large to join and support our party so that we can offer responsible, efficient and pro-people governance instead of the fraudulent, corrupt, inefficient and irresponsible governance that the PDP and APC have offered to the state since 1999.
AYOMIDE E AJAKAYE MALLAM YUSUF KAZEEM