Ibadan Flood: Oyo Lawmakers Accuse FG of Unfulfilled Promise

SEVEN months after the August 26 flood disaster that claimed hundreds of lives in Ibadan and its environs, some members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have complained about the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to fulfill the promise he made on cushioning the effects of the storm.

Speaking through one of the lawmakers, Mr. Olusegun Olaleye, the legislative arm wondered why the presidency had kept sealed lips on its promises many months after the disaster.

According to the legislator, the presidency may be delaying the support because the state is being governed by an Action Congress of Nigeria government.

He said, because of the magnitude of the disaster, the presidency should not allow any political sentiments to overrule its emergency management role.

Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, the lawmaker who is the House Committee Chairman, Public Account, Finance and Appropriation in the state House of Assembly, said, “What happened to us in Oyo State was a major disaster but the FG is yet to support us. Up to now, FG has not given us any kobo. Is it because we are an Action Congress of Nigeria state? He asked.

President Jonathan had promised that the Federal Government would help in the construction of major bridges that the storm destroyed.

On the allegation that the relief materials meant for the victims of the flood are being mismanaged, the legislator said the House would set up a committee to look into it.