Ogun State Government says it will declare a state of emergency in Isheri, a border town with Lagos State, to address the perennial flooding in the area.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun disclosed this when he received a team from the African Finance Corporation, led by its Senior Director, Mr. Taiwo Adeniji, saying the Isheri problem was beyond the State.
“I stopped by at Isheri, where we have lots of estates and the state of road infrastructure is deplorable. Currently, the place is totally flooded and the entire estates have been submerged. I told the flood victims that this place requires for us to declare a state of emergency and we are actually going to do that because the problem is beyond the State.
“The area is mixed with industries and residential estates. There is a lot of development going on there and people have abandoned their houses; this is because the roads are none existing, there are no drainages, houses are built on flood plains, so we need help”, he pleaded.
The Governor said Ogun, as the closest to the state with the biggest economy in the country, has a lot of infrastructural challenges such as; water supply, electricity, good roads and other amenities, which must be resolved to make life comfortable for residents and attract more investors to the State.
He commended the financial institution for showing interest in partnering with the State to address infrastructural deficiency, expressing delight with the roads on which the Corporation has indicated interest.
“We have few proposals from different parties, but this is a credible offer coming from African Financial Corporation and we will take you very seriously”, he noted.
Speaking earlier, the Senior Director, African Finance Corporation, Mr. Taiwo Adeniji, said the Corporation and other private companies focus more on roads, power, telecommunication and heavy industrial projects, stating his Corporation’s intention to partner on infrastructure that would assist in driving more development in the State.
“We focus on roads that have commercial viability. Atan-Agbara and Epe-Ijebu-Ode roads are some of the roads that can be done on Public Private Partnership basis. African Financial Corporation brings in its technical capacity and the finance to fix the roads; the users pay a token amount. Our plan is to engage industries within the industrial areas and discuss these roads with them”, he stated.