One Feared Dead As Flood Destroys Communities In Osogbo, Osun State

Flood, Osun StateAn unidentified driver might have lost his life while several property got submerged in flood as a heavy downpour left bitter tales for many residents of Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

The Muslim festival was going well with residents already looking forward to resuming back to their businesses when the holiday suddenly turned sour.

Some residents in areas like Testing Ground, Rasco, Oke-Onitea, Fiwasaye, Gbomi and Iludun in Osogbo have been counting their losses as the rain came down heavily for three hours, causing flood in many parts of the city.

Channels Television visited Oke-Onitea area, where residents were gathered looking at a canal in search of a middle-aged man said to be the driver of a Nissan Primera with registration number – Lagos LSD 683 DZ.

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An eyewitness told us that the man insisted on driving through the already overflowing water but was swept off with his car, while the driver was yet to be found at the time of filing this report.

The story was different at Fiwasaye area. Residents were stranded as the bridge required to cross to the other side of the community had been washed off by the rain.

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Youths rescue trapped neighbours

With many houses and stalls submerged by the rain, another eyewitness said that a woman and her daughter had been left stranded in their store because of the rain.

It took the intervention of some youths in the community and the Osun State Fire Service to rescue both the woman and her daughter.

One of the victims, Ifedunmade Ogundijo, who ‎owns a fashion outfit and a salon, said that the rain had caused her about three million naira loss.

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Ravaged fashion designer’s workshop

According to a report by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Osun state was identified as one of the flood-prone areas and the residents believe that the government should have been proactive to avert this occurrence.

While the residents count their losses, no official statement had been made by the Osun state government at the time of the report.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency had in July predicted flash flood in Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Makurdi and Yola.

The outlook also predicted that some of the nation’s rivers would overflow its bounds, naming Niger, Benue, Sokoto-Rima, Anambra-Imo, Cross River and Ogun-Osun rivers among those.

Some of the affected states have since the 2016 prediction embarked on programmes to prevent the level of devastation just witnessed in Osun state.Flood, Osun State

Akwa Ibom state government had in August directed the chairmen of its 15 Local Government Areas to build rescue and emergency camps in anticipation of flooding.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and Ministry of Environment, suggested that building emergency camps would be necessary in order to accommodate victims, should a flood disaster occur.

The Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in conjunction with trainers from the Southeast Zonal National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also conducted a capacity building workshop on Basic Skills in Search and Rescue.

At least 170 persons received training in search and rescue operations as part of the contingency plans for the predicted 2016 flooding.

Nigeria has experienced its fair share of flooding over the years and its attendant consequences. In 2012, Nigeria witnessed what has been described as the most devastating flood in its history.

Since then, the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency has been making public the flood outlook for each year.

It is expected that relevant government agencies and policy makers would be well prepared to respond adequately to the incidence of flood in their area following the release of the outlook.

 

Osun House Of Assembly Passes LCDA Creation Bill Into Law

OsunThe Osun State House of Assembly has finally passed into law, the bill creating additional 31 Local Council Development Authorities (LCDA), three Area Councils and two Administrative Units.

At a plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Right Honourable Najeem Salaam, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the parliament said that the creation of more LCDAs, Area Councils and Administrative Units was imperative in order to bring government closer to the people at the grassroots.

Speaker Salaam emphasised that the primary purpose of the creation of the councils and administrative units was for administrative conveniences and not to hyper-bloat the existing civil and political regimes, which had become hindrance to the limited resources of the state.

He then urged Governor Rauf Aregbesola to prioritise the assent of the law, in order to set up committees that would work out the asset and liabilities for the take-off of the new councils and units.

The Osun State Independent Electoral ‎Commission (OSIEC) had earlier conducted a referendum in the state, to feel the pulse of the people on the creation of additional LCDAs.

The Chairman, House Committee on Local Government, Wasiu Adebayo, explained that after the approval by the Governor, Osun State would now have 30 Local Governments, 31 Local Council Development Areas, four Area Councils and two Administrative Units.

Osun State Government Partners With NGO To Train Teachers

teachers_NTIThe government of Osun State, South-west Nigeria in partnership with a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Charles Bebeye Ndiomu Foundation, have setup an initiative to train school teachers for effective education in the state.

The trainees, who were 40 in number, were selected from different public junior secondary schools of the three Senatorial Districts across the state.

According to the Osun State Deputy Governor, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori ‎and other speakers at the workshop tagged ‘Train the Trainer Initiative’ in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the training was setup to revamp the education sector by equipping teachers, particularly from public schools, with adequate and efficient knowledge and skill for better performance in classroom management.

A Technical Consultant, Ani Bassey -Eyo , and another Consultant, Ifeoma Udong, were speakers at the workshop.

They stressed that the education sector required a total overhaul for better performance of the students, stressing that private firms and NGOs could partner with the government to help rehabilitate teachers for productivity that would be beneficial to the society.

The State Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Education, Lawrence Oyeniran, ‎said investing in education had always been on the top of the government’s list, hence the partnership with the Foundation to assist in retraining the teachers, to increase student’s performance and decrease teacher anxiety.

Some participants at the workshop, Abidemi Adeoye and Tunde Abolarinwa, said they now have more classroom management tips to facilitate better teaching and learning for all parties.

However, with the necessary skills for managing classroom activities and accommodating individual needs of the students, there would be a major improvement in the performance of the students in all ramifications.