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Flood: Move To Higher Ground, Kogi Govt Urges Residents



Following the information on the release of Ladgo and Shiroro dams, the Kogi State government has advised the residents of flood-prone communities in the state to relocate to a safer place to avoid loss of lives and property due to flooding.

Pharm Sanusi Yahaya, the state commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, made the announcement in a statement, yesterday, in Lokoja.

“The Kogi Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, wishes to announce to members of the public, especially those in the nine flood-prone local government areas, that in view of the heavy rainfall recorded so far this year, due to climate change, as well as the high volume of water which has been released from Ladgo and Shiroro dams, it has led to steady rise in water level of the rivers as confirmed by our monitoring team.

“This development, he further stated, may likely cause flooding in some flood-prone LGAs: Omala, Bassa, Kogi/Kotonkarfe, Lokoja, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Idah, Ibaji, and Igalamela/Odolu.

“The ministry therefore strongly appeals and requests that the people living in these flood-prone LGAs, particularly those living close to river banks, should start moving to safer grounds to avoid loss of lives and property in the event of flood,” Yahaya said.

He added, “The state government has started preparing temporary shelters for flood victims in the event of emergencies.”

He also assured the people that the protection of their lives and property would continue to be given utmost attention by the New Direction Administration of Gov Yahaya Bello.