The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians, especially those living in flood-prone areas to stop blocking drainages to enhance the flow of water. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the plea in a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.
Professor Osinbajo, who was on a condolence visit to the Ogun State capital, noted that while it was difficult to avoid flash flooding anywhere, the situation would have worsened if the incident occurred late at night because it would naturally cause a disaster.
He advised those living in the axis and similar areas in other states to move quickly to higher grounds when the rains are heavy, to prevent the loss of life.
The Vice President sympathized with the flood victims and those who lost their loved ones to the incident, saying the government will improve on the drainage infrastructure in the affected areas. He, however, called for more citizen awareness so as to avoid future occurrences and commended the state government for its prompt response to the incident.