Kogi - The Kogi State has assured residents it was adequately prepared to shield them from floods amid warnings the problem could recur in the region.
Officials assured of adequate provision of logistics to relevant agencies for the effective and efficient response that would help mitigate the problem.
State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, who is the Chairman of the Flood Management Committee, gave the assurance when he paid a scheduled visit to the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in Lokoja.
He said the visit was to appreciate the role played by National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in rescue operations in last year’s flood and to ascertain the organization’s level of preparedness for the predicted bad weather.
“Information on the rising water level of the River Niger and Benue as provided by NIWA, has served as basis for planning by the State Government.
"As part of measures to mitigate the expected flood, appreciable sensitization for those living in flood prone areas to relocate, effective synergy and makeshift settlements equipped with basic facilities, where displaced persons can temporarily be relocated to in the event of the flood, has been carried out and put in place,” Awoniyi said .
Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority, Ina Ciroma, said her organization is adequately prepared regarding the flood, and would deploy its expertise and personnel in search and rescue operations.
- CAJ News