Businesses Cripple as Flood Sacks Residents In Okota

Lagos Mainland flooding

INSIDEMAINLAND – Commuters, residents and business owners have lamented the constant struggle with flood on the popular Ibiwoye road in Ago Palace Way Okota and other nearby roads in Oshodi-Isolo Local Council of Lagos Mainland.

INSIDEMAINLAND gathered that the heavy downpours and thick drainage systems repair made the flood worse.

Several commuters were spotted stranded at the bus stations with little to no means of transportation as drivers avoided the road.

Business owners have also expressed concern about a lack of sales as residents sought alternate routes.

Mrs. Abimbola Olanegan, a trapped commuter, asked for help from the state and local authorities.

Olanegan noted that as drivers lament the flooded road in that area, the issue has increased transportation costs.

She complained that despite being at the bus stop early, she was unable to make it to work on time because there were not enough buses, and those that were running had raised their costs by up to 50%.

Chioma Enwerem, a resident of community road, Ago Palace Way, Okota, complained about the difficulty of leaving her home due to the flooding.

She claimed there was improper drainage in the area and connected the flood to continuous rain and a faulty drainage system.

In her words, “It takes about a week or more for water to dry up after a downpour and when there is constant rainfall, it takes much longer, leaving the area with a horrible and stinky smell.”

Victor Nwafada, a commercial tricyclist who commutes the Ago Palace Way route, claimed he stopped riding the road during rainfalls due to the damage he regularly sees on the flooded road.

He complained that he is yet to pay back the loan he took out to fix the tricycle after it was destroyed by the flood last week and that he will not risk driving the road until the flood subsides.

To stop the crisis and the threat to their way of life, Nwafada pleaded for prompt action from the federal and local governments.

Andrew Omoni, a resident, identified the cause of the clogged drainage system as careless waste disposal.

He expressed support for the government’s decision to outlaw the work of cart pushers and the efforts by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority to promote the bagging of trash (LAWMA).

A senior management member of the state ministry for the environment and water resources responded by stating that the ministry has begun intense drain cleaning through environmental drainage services to reduce the frequency of flash floods in the city.

He urged people to adopt the habit of bagging trash and using authorized PSP providers in order to reduce flooding in the state.

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