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Flood Destroys Kogi Communities

FILE: A car floats in the flood after a heavy rain in Suleja, Niger, on Sunday (9/7/17).
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Flood has ravaged Okudigbo and Odochala communities in Ibaji local government area of Kogi state, leaving residents devastated.

NAN reports that the development has triggered the state government into unveiling a plan to tackle the increasing menace.

To this end, the state Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, who hails from the affected area, received officials of Ecological Fund Office in the office of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The officials arrived in Lokoja for the assessment of the flood and erosion sites in Kogi.

The deputy governor said, “We are very grateful to the Federal Government for taking up these issues and for giving us the needed support which the state deserves.”

a member of the team Abdullazeez Umar had earlier said that the exercise was approved by the Federal Executive Council, as part of efforts to tackle the ecological problems facing the country.

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, said that the ministry had earlier presented the ecological reports on 19 local government areas in the state to the team.

She said the ministry had met with the team and catalogued 194 flood and erosion sites in the 19 local government areas with the help of some experts, which represented 50 per cent of the total areas that were supposed to be covered.

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