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LG erects embankment to prevent flood

05 October 2015, 18:14

Jigawa - The Hadejia Local Government of Jigawa on Monday said it had completed a 5km-embankment on Hadejia River to control flood in the area.

The Secretary of the Council, Alhaji Abba Ari, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Hadejia that sand had also been excavated and weeds cleared on some parts of the river to ease water flow.

Ari said the project was designed to prevent water from flowing into residential quarters.

"The volume of water in the river is high due to the rains but the embankment prevented water from flowing into the town,” he said.

The secretary said the council’s Water and Sanitation Department had cleared drains and evacuated wastes to ease flow of water out of the town.

He said the council had been sensitising communities to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in waterways and keep the clean environment.

Also read: Kebbi Govt to assist flood victims with N200m

Ari added that the council had also set up an adhoc committee on flood to monitor the level of water in the river, adding that the measure facilitated quick response and effective disaster management.

"The steps adopted by the council have greatly reduced the danger and damage associated with flood in the area,’’ he said.

NAN recalls that hundreds of hectares of farmlands and houses were destroyed by flood in Hadejia, Kafin-Hausa, Kirikasamma, Malammadori and Guri local government areas of the state.

Farmers in the affected communities blamed the flood on the blocking of Hadejia River by weeds.

The Jigawa Government had, therefore, collaborated with the Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority and cleared several kilometers of weeds on the river to control flood.

The exercise covered various communities in Kafin-Hausa, Auyo, Guri and Kirikasamma local government areas. 



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