The traditional head of Ibaji Local Government Area in Kogi State, Chief John Egwemi, has called the federal government to embark on the construction of dams to mitigate flood disaster, which continues to ravage farm products, livestock and human lives in the area.
“Often, the people are urged to move to higher ground to avoid flooding and it has a devastating effect on the people but I ask, where is the high ground in Ibaji community?”
“The federal government in all sincerity can build dams across the waters in the country to mitigate flood disaster to the overall advantage of the country.”
Chief Egwemi, who made the call yesterday, in his palace at Idah, when members of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Kogi State chapter, led by the state chairperson, Mrs Rabi Emaikwu, paid solidarity visit over the flood disaster in the area, further mentioned that there is no high ground in Ibaji community.
The traditional ruler, who reflected over the Lagdo dam built by Cameroonian government to mitigate flood disaster in their country, stressed that the federal government of Nigeria has the capacity and wherewithal to embark on more dams for the safety and economic advantage of the nation, only there is no political will.
He noted that the flood water was gradually receding meaning that in a couple of weeks, people would return to their base however, he lamented that till date, both National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its sister agency, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have not brought in a single relief material to the affected persons in Ibaji.
The chairperson of RIFAN Kogi State, Mrs Rabi Emaikwu, who earlier intimated the the leader of Ibaji people of their visit to Ibaji stressed, “This is in order to identify and ascertain the level of damage that must have been caused by the flood water because there is every possibility that the farm produce must have been washed away.”
A member of the delegation from the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Olasupo Musa, said having gotten the position of the farmers, still seeking support to complete the farming period, despite the devastation, “their honesty has warmed the heart of the CBN to assist them when proper channels are followed.”
Prominent in the team that visited the Ibaji flood scene are national vice president of RIFAN, Mr Egene Idris, BOA Manager, Mrs Nimata Abdulrahman, Jerry Okwori, NAIC and Oyiko Pius, who hinted that the devastation and public outcry of the affected farmers would be attended to in no time.
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