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Okutagidi community seeks govt urgent intervention over ecological problem


The residents of Okutagidi community in Pakata area of Ilorin West Local Government of Kwara State on Saturday called on the State Government to give special consideration to ecological challenges confronting the people of the area to allow free flow of water.

Speaking with the combined team of press crew of Sobi F.M and National Moonlight reporter, the Chairman of the community, Alhaji Shehu Abdulrahman Okutagidi said that people have been suffering greatly as a result of ecological problems due to the yearly overflowing of the drainages.

Alhaji Shehu said it is only fair for the residents to be considered for special palliatives to channel drainages  for the safety of lives of the people living in the community to mitigate the effects on the affected residents, alleging that the yearly overflow of erosion has demolished many residential buildings in the area.

The chairman hinted that floods have displaced many people from their home, calling on Governor Abdulrazaq to consider and urgently approved the dredging of the gutters to end the perennial flooding.

Another resident, Mallam Abdulrahman Sa'ad Okutagidi stated that about five gutters have posed major perennial flooding in the area "but one was drained by the immediate past administration with four others unattended to".

Revealing her ordeal, one of the house owners in the community, Hajia Titilola Ibrahim Okutagidi said  flood has eroded her residential apartment sweeping away her belongs during one of the downpour.

She called for urgent channelisation of gutters in the community to curtail further flooding, adding that the Pakata / Okutagidi canal poses danger to the lives and property of residents.

Another resident, Alhaji Hussain Yusuf Okutagidi appealed to the State Government as a matter of urgency to consider the dredging of the drainages in the area to end the perennial flooding, destruction of properties and lost of lives in the community.
According to him, flood is wasting people's lives and property every year, disclosing that past administrations have on several occasions visited the scene but nothing was concrete done.
He called on the present administration to save the souls of the residents, adding the entire community would be happy if all the drainages in the area are properly channelled for free flow of water.

Mallam Abdulkadir Amintopo traced the major course of flooding in the area to a pit behind Okutagidi mosque which later turned to a deep well, stressing that all buildings along the channel have collapsed due to lack of erosion control and many of the occupants relocated out of their respective home.

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