Lokoja Floods: Melaye Urges FG To Dredge River Niger

The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial zone in the Senate,
Senator Dino Melaye, has urged the Federal Government to carry out its
planned dredging of the River Niger as a matter of urgency.

According to the lawmaker, this will eventually solve the problem of
recurrent flooding in the whole of North-Central zone, among other
economic benefits for the country at large.

Melaye made the call in a press release he issued on Friday to
commiserate with his constituents, who were victims of last Thursday’s
floods in Lokoja and environs, even as he urged the victims to see the
incident as an act of God.

“I commiserates with the people of Lokoja local government area over
the unfortunate incident of flooding which occured on Thursday,
September 8, 2017. This is an act of God and we thank Him that no life
was lost, and I pray that the Almighty God will also replenish the
victims in many folds.

“Given the fact that this kind of incident is a recurring decimal
because of the geographical location of Kogi State, I therefore
earnestly urge the Federal Government to urgently dredge the River
Niger as planned in order to solve the problem of flooding in the
North-Central area and also tap its numerous economic potentials for
the nation,” Melaye said.

It was gathered that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
had earlier alerted of imminent flooding in parts of Kogi State even
as it called for immediate evacuation of residents of Sarkin Noma,
Gajana in Lokoja and Igalamela local government areas of the state
respectively.

However, the flood incident on Thursday forced people to flee as
surging flood waters from a tributary of River Niger submerged their
homes and business premises in Lokoja, the state capital with the
popular NATACO Junction area and Felele community mostly affected.

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