Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has stressed the need for the dredging of the River Niger as a way of ending the perennial flooding in some parts of the state.
AbdulRazaq spoke in Likpata, one of the several riverine communities in Edu local government where thousands of houses and farmlands worth billions of Naira have been submerged by flooding recently.
Accompanied by Senator Sadiq Umar, the governor condoled with the people and said the government is working with various stakeholders, especially the federal government, to bring succor to them.
He said the state government was working with the lawmakers from Kwara to push for timely dredging of the River Niger to bring about a lasting solution to the crisis.
“Two days ago I saw the president and I raised this issue (dredging the River Niger and desilting the Kainji and Jebba dams). The issue also came up for discussion at the last NEC meeting. It is an agenda we have always put on the table,” he said during the visit.
The Likpata’s visit came a day after the governor toured parts of Ilorin that were affected by the Saturday rainstorm.