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Flood victim begs government for retirement benefits

09 September 2013, 14:13

Plateau - Mary Koshit, a victim of the Friday flood in Akpata area of Jos metropolis, has appealed  to the Plateau Government to pay her gratuity,  to enable her to  start a new life after her retirement three years ago.

Koshit made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Jos.

According to her, a part of her house and her poultry farm went with the flood that occurred in Akpata and Angwan Suya following a heavy rainfall that lasted several hours in Jos.

she said she had been managing her life with the proceeds from house rents  before the flood incident.

"I retired for three years now; I have not been paid my gratuity; it is the house that I built while I was working that is sustaining me and my family.

"Apart from the house, I have a poultry farm with more than 150 birds; the flood swept them away.

"This is not first time that I have been affected by flood. It happened last year, I reported the case to NEMA and the state government but no assistance came to me.

"If they have any assistance for me and other victims they should bring it. But what I want is my gratuity.’’

NAN recalls that a heavy rainfall that lasted several hours on Friday rendered hundreds of residents homeless in Jos with property worth millions of naira destroyed.

The residents in Angwan Suya and Akpata areas of the city were the worst hit.

Reacting to the development, Alhassan Barde, the Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said that the agency's officials had been deployed to the affected areas for assessment.

“We have gone to affected areas with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials and we saw the damages caused by the disaster.

"Our officials are still in the areas collating the data of the houses and other property that were destroyed.

“We will know the extent of the damage for government at all levels to intervene.’’

The executive secretary said that most of the houses affected were those built on water ways.

"We have advised people living in flood-prone areas to vacate those places, based on NIMET's predictions that there would be heavy rainfall this year but many people did not heed our advice.

"The situation is an avoidable one, if the people had complied with the series of sensitisation campaigns we carried out.

“We will continue with the campaigns until people move to safer grounds,’’ he added.

-  NAN


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