Residents of Oworonshoki community has lamented the continuous flooding in the area owing to the ongoing construction work on Adeniji Road in the Oworonshoki axis of Lagos. The residents claim that the continuous flood in the area is as a result of the drainage channel built on the construction site on Adeniji Street, Oworonshoki.
According to a resident, Moses Adebogun, the area witness flood occasionally and it subsides early enough for activities to return to normal. “We normally witness flood in the area anytime it rains or when Omi Iyo flows into the area from a river far from here. The water flows into the area and cover parts of the community in the morning between 4:00 am and stops around 7:00 to 8:00 am. It also happens like that in the evening between 5:30pm and 8:00pm and it then dries up. Things changed when the contractors started work by the bridge,” he argued.
Another resident, Mrs. Ibiyemi told InsideMainland that “flood is a regular thing in the area during the raining season. We have learnt to live with that because we have become used to the projections of when the dam will be opened and how water flows into the community from Omi Iyo. This happens regularly and it dries up after 5 to 6 weeks.”
Mrs. Ibiyemi however said that the situation got worse since the commencement of work on Adeniji Street. “The flood got worse few weeks ago when it rained heavily with the drainage constructed by FCC Company spilling water into parts of the community. The water even got to parts of Oworonshoki it doesn’t get to before and we couldn’t use some of the roads for days.”
InsideMainland correspondent who visited the area discovered the damage caused by continuous flood in the area. Some roads such as Ola Adekoya, Oluwalogbon, Prof. Lekan Oyekande, and Owodunni streets were not accessible as they were submerged in water. Residents were seen rolling their trousers to knee length while some others wore rain boots to access the roads.
During the visit, our correspondent met the absence of the Chairman and Secretary of the Oluwalogbon Community Development Association. Efforts to reach them proved futile as at press time.
In reaction to the claims by the residents of the area, a site engineer attached to the construction firm, Fountain Construction Company (FCC) disclosed that the area is swampy adding that the residents usually witness flooding that lasts for months.
“This area is a swampy area and they usually witness flood whether it rains or not. Some of the residents shared their difficulties with me before we started work on the site and how they manage to create drainage channels for Omi Iyo water to flow through the area” he said.
He added that “the allegation that our drainage construction is aggravating flood is false and only trying to rubbish the good work we are doing here. We cannot construct a road without creating drainage for water to pass through.”
On the delay in completing the drainage, he said “there is no delay of any kind. We are working with a plan and don’t forget we need to fill parts of the road to connect the drainage channels.”
When asked when the project will be completed, the engineer who vehemently refused to give his name told our correspondent that “work will be completed baring any delay in December.