SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, (THEWILL) – Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has declared that no fewer than 10,000 families have been displaced by flooding in seven local government areas of the state.
Bello, who spoke on Tuesday during a tour of flood ravaged areas of Lokoja, listed the affected local governments to include Lokoja, Ibaji, Igalamela -Odolu, Ajaokuta, Kogi and Bassa.
He said that farmers were particularly hard hit as they lost their houses, farmlands and livestock to the floods as many communities in the state were always at the receiving end anytime there was heavy downpour.
According to him, this happens once the Rivers Niger and Benue overflow their banks, saying that many of the affected houses were located on river banks and flood plains.
The governor appealed to the Federal Government and corporate organisations to come quickly to the aid of the state revealing that the victims of the disaster had been moved to the IDPs in Lokoja and other parts of the state.
The state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, who led the Governor, said that the Ministry had been stretched to the limit by the development.
“The state government is providing immediate interventions within its financial capacity, but what government has been able to do is grossly inadequate,” she said.
“There is an urgent need to relocate the affected people and settle them in camps. We call on the National Emergency Management Agency to quickly come to our aid.
“The situation is getting worse by the day. As the centre of the nation, a locked-in Kogi will affect the entire nation.
“Roads have been taken over, people now sleep on the streets and nursing mothers are gory sights to behold. We call on federal agencies and the international community to quickly come to our aid.”