It was impossible for residents of Festac Extension, along with Eko Akete and Amuwo Odofin, to leave their homes without having to walk in the water. This was after a torrential rainfall that occurred in the early hours of Monday.
Prior to the rainy season, many were afraid that floods would be the order of the day due to poor drainage systems in the area.
In a phone chat, our correspondent spoke to a pharmacist, whose store is located along Eko Akete Road, Jane Okpara. She claimed she could not leave her house for the shop due to the flooding in the area. “If I leave my house, I will have to walk in dirty water and I am not prepared to do that.”
In response to her not making any profits today, she said it is hurtful but she prefers to stay at home with her kids and she is hopeful the flood subsides the next day.
A resident, Mr. Oluwafemi Akinde, said the flood is a major concern for him as he stays close to the flooded area and it is impossible for him to leave his apartment whenever it rains. It has affected me badly because I am close to where it ended. The flood is right in front of my house, and every time it rains, I cannot go out. “
He recounts scooping water out of his apartment, which he described as a horrendous experience.
An estate surveyor, Mr. Oluwafemi Akinde, stated that the flood persists because the drainage is too small for a high volume of water. He also stated that the community suffers every time there is a heavy downpour.
He also complained about the slow progress of the drainage systems the state and local governments are currently working on, which commenced in November, 2021, and February, 2022, respectively.
Mr. Akinde pleaded with the government to hasten the completion of the drainage system to make commuters’ lives more convenient.