BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja
The Senate, yesterday, requested the federal government to implement the dredging of the Rivers Niger and Benue to end the reoccurrence of flood disaster in the country
This was the resolution of the Senate on the incessant flooding that has ravaged several communities in many states of the country.
It urged the federal and state governments to institute a land use and environmental planning, including codes and cadastral of all urban locations to ensure proper drainage system.
Also, the Senate directed the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to design and implement a National integrated community- based riverine and water channel dredging, and drainage programme to cover the entire national riparian network.
Suggesting measures to provide adequate care to victims of the flood, the lawmakers urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently mobilize to the locations affected by the flood disasters with a view to extending humanitarian and medical assistance to avoid the outbreak of communicable diseases, particularly gastroenteritis and cholera which are very prevalent in such places.
The Senate resolution came through a motion sponsored by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North). Tagged, “Flooding and flood control: the need for urgent action” it averred that the regular recurrence of flooding along nations major rivers and their inland tributaries is the outcome of the siltation and blockage along water channels.
“Senate observes the unacceptable losses of lives, livelihoods, houses, farmland, crops and livestock which over the years have become a major source of impoverishment and destitution of the poorest segment of our people, in both rural and urban areas,” it stated.
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