Residents Lose Millions To Flood On Lagos Island. Roads and homes at the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos were flooded after an early morning downpour on Saturday. Lamenting, a few residents said there were no working drainage channels in Ibeju-Lekki like the other parts of Lagos.
The residents also begged the Lagos state government to attend to the Lekki/Epe Expressway.
Some residents of Ibeju Lekki in Lagos on Saturday, September 8, lamented their loss of valuables that is worth millions of Naira to flood from persistent rainfall since the early hours, also with the poor drainage facilities in the community.
Some of the residents, in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), revealed that the early morning downpour left several roads and homes in the flooded areas.
Luqman Balogun, a member of the Community Development Association (CDA), in Ibeju-Lekki, stated that it had been a long time since the community faced such torrential rain.
“We can neither go to the office nor stay at home comfortably now as many of our valuables are already destroyed by the flood. I never believed we could be sacked by flood because we live in a predominantly sandy environment, due to our proximity to the ocean.
“What I have observed now is that there are no working drainage channels in Ibeju-Lekki, as we have in other parts of Lagos state,” he said.
Balogun mentioned a few of the areas that are affected by the flood included Kajola, Majek first-gate area, Lakowe, Eleko, Oribanwa and Awoyaya, among several others.
Balogun said the flooding has affected commercial businesses in the community and the hospitality sector as well.
“I am a hotel operator. We hotel owners are also complaining of low patronage due to bad roads, epileptic power supply, the absence of a functional drainage system and other issues.
“Despite all the challenges, the government is still giving us estimated taxes and ridiculous bills. We have not been enjoying any infrastructure in this community, yet we pay our taxes and there is virtually no serious encouragement from government,” he said.
Seyi Bakare, another resident, lamented over the poor condition of the Ibeju/lekki expressway. He stated that the major road in the area had started to develop several portholes, thus causing some traffic bottlenecks on the expressway.
Bakare went further to say that the journey from the Ajah axis to Epe/Ibeju -Lekki which ought to take about 45 minutes now lasts about an hour-and-a-half.
Another resident, Lanre Solution, begged to the Lagos state government to fix the Lekki/Epe Expressway, which he said, was the major road linking Ibeju/Lekki to Epe.
Lanre said that proper maintenance of the road would improve business activities in the area.
Another resident, Bola Fadahunsi also lamented that the bad roads and flooding were resulting to a lot of damage to the vehicles of residents, costing them much more money to maintain them.