In Nigeria, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Wednesday gave a seven-day notice to owners of buildings built on waterways in Ibadan metropolis to relocate as demolition of all the illegal structures would start to prevent future re-occurrence of the flood disaster that claimed scores of lives in the city last Friday.
In reaction to the notice, former governor of the State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, described it as unworkable.
The former Governor’s media aide signed a statement which said the pronouncement was made on the spur of the moment because the governor was not aware of the number of houses to be affected, neither is he aware of other necessary logistics. It also stated that a demolition of such magnitude, barely two weeks after the flood disaster, would leave thousands of more people homeless and make the present situation worse.
The statement said, “A gubernatorial policy statement should not be hastily made; at all times, it should be a product of sober and well thought-out policy.
“Obviously, Governor Abiola Ajimobi was trying to make up for his scandalous abstention from duty for five days after the most damaging flood wreaked havoc in his state but we suggest he should get on with the job instead of lying on his predecessor. He should also pay a visit to the Federal Secretariat/Customs Road, Mokola/Adamasingba Road, Airport/Gbagi Road and Trans Amusement/Agbowo Road where N500 million is being expended on filling of potholes and drainages. He will see what is left of them after only three weeks that he unilaterally contracted them out,” the statement said.
The present Governor’s party, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Oyo State chapter, while reacting, urged the state PDP (the former governor’s party) to suspend what it called “its usual broth of reckless partisanship” for the moment and allow the spirits of the dead to rest in peace, stating that the party stands to gain nothing from this “unnecessary recrimination” and trying to pass buck when, “the dumbest person in the state knows that the flood is one of the several manifestations of the inept government that the Alao-Akala government (former government) ran for four years.”