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Flood prone Edo appeals for funding

20 February 2014, 21:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, appealed to the Federal Government to release funds to assist the state fight ecological problems.

The appeal followed a meeting with House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster who visited him at the Government House after the ravaging floods in Oredo Federal Constituency.

“We thank you for taking time out to commiserate with us on this disaster. I appreciate the responsiveness of the House and your determination to identify with the people in times of disasters, whether man made or natural. Our challenge is to find ways to manage it. We have tried over the period to recognise that rather than deal with the consequences, particularly when we know from history that we need to make some investment in flood control,” Oshiomhole said.

He said his administration carried out a comprehensive study of Benin City and came out with a comprehensive Benin City Water Storm Master Plan. The state government was now tackling the problem of flooding in Benin, which Oshiomhole said came at a huge cost.

He disclosed that the first phase, which had started, would cost about N30 billion.

“We have made a lot of progress on it and we have done over 60 percent of the project. The key challenge we have is the resources to fund it because there have been a sharp drop in revenue list as a result of the oil theft and this has put a lot of pressure on our capacity to continue to fund this project,” he said.

He said there were other serious erosion sites at Queen Ede, which he said was a result of Federal Government’s negligence because it resulted from poor design of the Benin-Asaba Federal High way.

“Over time, this has become a major disaster that has displaced hundreds of homes, destroyed public schools, farmlands among others and yet we have not received any Federal help,” Oshiomhole said.

– CAJ News

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