The governorship candidate of the Allied Individuals’s Motion, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, has reacted to the torrential downpour that submerged many areas in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Saturday.
Akinlade, who’s now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was the Deputy Chairman, Home Committee on Local weather Change within the eighth Meeting and the closest rival to Governor Dapo Abiodun in 2019 election.
DAILY POST reported on Saturday that flood wreaked havoc in Abeokuta, washing away properties value hundreds of thousands of Naira.
However, the Ogun State Authorities, on Sunday, vowed to demolish homes on water channels throughout the state.
Reacting by way of a press release made accessible to DAILY POST by his Media Aide, Azeez Adelani, on Monday, Akinlade known as on the Ogun State Authorities led by Governor Abiodun to spend money on sensible flood management mechanisms, resembling the development of flood methods (man-made channels to divert floodwater).
Akinlade mentioned that is extra acceptable moderately than threatening to demolish properties in Abeokuta.
Whereas sympathizing with flood victims throughout the state, Akinlade mentioned, “the issue of flood stays secondary damages referring to local weather change.”
He famous that it’s most unlucky that anybody will scale back such calamity to a blame recreation.
“Fairly than deploying cyberattacks, the federal government ought to as a matter of urgency, set in movement, the method of training our individuals on the results of local weather change,” he mentioned.
Based on him, “Unplanned developments, enhance in heavy precipitation (heavy rain), rising most temperature, rising sea degree amongst different challenges trigger floods,” including that “the development of embankments in flood-prone areas will drastically assist in decreasing the adversarial impact of flooding.”
He added that the wet seasons will all the time come, “however we will develop methods to adapt by domesticating the entire strategy of flood management.”
To him, the demolition of buildings can by no means be a viable resolution to flood management, besides in excessive circumstances.
Because the ruling social gathering, the Ipokia-born politician maintained that “we owe it to the generality of our individuals throughout the state to provide responsive governance devoid of shortsightedness or excuses.”
“Though no authorities can clear up all of the modifications of the state inside a given tenure, concerted efforts have to be made to alleviate the sufferings of the lots”, Akinlade acknowledged.
The previous lawmaker emphasised, “that qualitative service supply to the individuals of Ogun State can solely be attained by way of character, capability and fervour of its leaders.”