President Goodluck Jonathan visited Ibadan on Friday to sympathize with the government and people of Oyo State and also to assess the damage done by the flood that ravaged the state capital a week ago.
As expected, security was beefed up in Ibadan with policemen standing at almost every junction. The President was received on arrival by the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and his Deputy, Adeyemo Alake. Also on hand to welcome the President were PDP members like Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo, the South West Chairman of the party, the Minister of State for the FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja, the immediate past Deputy Governor.
At the Government House, the President was shown slides of the devastation wrought by the flood after which he went on an inspection which he did from a helicopter. He flew over affected areas like Apete, Eleyele and Ajibode. Governor Ajimobi pointed out that the state government has already started distributing relief materials to people affected by the flood, he also disclosed that a letter has been written to the President to solicit for assistance.
The short visit also saw the President going to pay homage to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Odulana Odugade. At the palace, the President commiserated with the monarch and the entire indigenes of Ibadanland, he also prayed that God would grant families that lost their loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss. The President also promised that the Federal Government would assist the victims of the flood while he also promised that an inter-ministerial team of experts from the Ministries of Works, Environment and Water Resources would be sent to inspect flood devastated areas and liaise with the state in advising the Federal Government on specific areas of assistance particularly in the construction of collapsed bridges, infrastructures and fixing of culverts.