Flood Fighters: Iberikodo Elders, Youth Urge Government Assistance and Job Opportunities

In a commendable display of resilience, kakalistiq.com reports that the elders and youths of Iberikodo Street in Epe Local Government have joined forces to seek government support to successfully combat the imminent threat of flooding caused by neglected and clogged drainages. The neighborhood, on the brink of isolation due to collapsing roads, has initiated a self-help campaign to address the pressing issue.

Chief Amusa Mufutau Okanlawon

Chief Amusa Mufutau Okanlawon, the Oloritun (traditional head) of Iberikodo, highlighted the extraordinary efforts undertaken by the youth during an interview over the weekend. He disclosed that the youth dedicated a week of strenuous physical and financial contributions to clear the long-neglected gutters that, during heavy rains, led to the flooding of 10–20 houses.

“This is an enviable legacy worthy of commendation,” Chief Okanlawon declared, emphasizing the significance of the community’s initiative and expected government intervention. He further detailed ongoing intervention projects aimed at enhancing the overall living conditions, including culvert construction and borehole installations, with support from Hon. Abiodun Tobun, the representative for Epe Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Expressing concern about the deteriorating state of decades-old drainages in Iberikodo, Chief Okanlawon, on behalf of the community, outlined plans for comprehensive repairs and borehole installations to meet the growing demand for water supply. However, the community is faced with a daunting challenge as the government’s attention has not been fully garnered despite official correspondence.

The Iberikodo Youth Association voiced their distress over the damages caused by flooding, urging local and state government intervention. Despite their proactive measures, including attempts to engage authorities through official channels, the desired outcomes have remained elusive.

In a plea for support, the youths emphasized the need for government employment opportunities, showcasing their members’ capabilities and intelligence for potential roles in public service. Their plea adds a poignant layer to the community’s narrative, underscoring the dual challenge of environmental hazards and a quest for sustainable livelihoods.

The collective efforts of Iberikodo elders and youth paint a picture of a community unwilling to succumb to adversity, actively addressing critical issues while appealing for governmental collaboration. As the battle against flooding continues, the youth’s call for employment serves as a beacon of hope for a brighter, more sustainable future.

Below are photos of the youth’s efforts:

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde is a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience germinated in high school, attaining the Press Club presidency. As an iconic field reporter for 3 years, he is a writer, serial volunteer, and community cum youth development champion whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos, and Nigeria at large.

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