Benue - The Senate President, David Mark, has visited communities in his Benue South Senatorial District that were ravaged by flood and donated relief materials to the victims.
A statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja said that Mark visited four communities; Obagaji, Aila, Okokolo and Okpanchenyi, all in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue.
The statement signed by Mark’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Paul Mumeh, said that he sympathised with the victims most of whom had lost their farmlands, houses and other means of livelihood to the flood.
Mark said: ``I have come to see things for myself. I sincerely sympathise with you. We will continue to do our best to ameliorate the situation.
``The Federal Government has categorised the victims of the flood and a high powered committee has been set up to address the matter.
``I am sure that in no distant time, help will come your way. I encourage you to be patient because we are not unmindful of your plights,'' he said.
He assured them of the Federal Government’s resolve to ameliorate their plight and advised them to compile a comprehensive list of the victims and forward to the appropriate quarters for possible assistance.
The Senate President added that the Federal Government was in touch with the Government of Cameroon on the management of flood in order to curtail its negative effects.
He also advised Nigerians, especially those living along the coastal line, to adopt precautionary measures to mitigate the effect of flood.
He also requested health providers in the areas to step up their services to the people in order to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases.
Speaking on behalf of his people, the Paramount Ruler of Agatu, the Ada Agatu, Godwin Onah, expressed appreciation to the President of the Senate for his concern.
Onah, however, appealed to him to help facilitate provision of more relief materials and save the people from living in squalour.