In a bid to facilitate movement from the flooded areas to safer places till the flood recedes, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has provided ferry services.
The managing director Dr George Moghalu directed the area manager of Lokoja Area Office to quickly release NIWA boats to provide services for stranded travellers in Lokoja and Koton Karfe of Kogi State in order to ease the suffering of the travellers caused by the flood.
In a statement signed by the general manager corporate affairs, Jibril Dardau and made available to journalists in Lokoja yesterday, the NIWA gauge readers in Lokoja, confirmed that the 2012 flood level was 12.84 meters whereas that of this year is 13.22 meters, hence, the 2022 flood level has surpassed that of 2012 with 0.38 meters.
According to the statement, prior to the ferry intervention, the authorities of NIWA had provided life jackets to passengers crossing the water and made the voyage across the water very safe.
The flood this year has overtaken some major roads in Ajaokuta, Lokoja and Koton Karfe local government areas of Kogi State which made it impassable for travellers from or through Lokoja to Abuja thereby creating serious hardship on Nigerians.