Niger calls for government intervention on flood

The Nigerian government has been called upon to quickly address various ecological challenges devastating several communities in eight local government areas of Niger State.

The 8 Local Government Areas are; Lapai, Shiroro, Muyan, Gurara and Bida. Others are Lavun, Wushishi, Mokwa and Borgu.

Abubakar Bello made the call when he visited some communities ravaged by flood in Lapai Local Government Area.

According to him, these challenges range from sub-merging and washing away of houses, public schools, places of worship, farmlands, roads and bridges by flood and deep gully erosion.

“The financial outlay to tackle the challenges was beyond the State,” Governor Bello said.

“The solution to these problems is beyond us…I have spoken to the President about our challenges and the need for the Nigerian government to intervene. I am still going to discuss the issue with the President to avoid future re-occurrence.

“However as a government, we sympathise with the communities and we will give our support despite the leaned resources of the state to reduce the hardship of our people. State Emergency Management Agency will come to the aid of the affected people,’’ he explained.

The Governor stressed that he would further strengthen the demand for the take-off of the Hydro-electric Power Producing Area Development Commission to provide holistic solution to the perennial ecological problems facing the state.

He directed the Lapai Local Government Chairman, Usman Achitupa to ensure that the people living by the banks of River Gurara were  relocated upland to avoid further flood disaster from the over flowing river.

The traditional ruler of Lapai, Bago Tafida commended the prompt response of the Governor on the plight of the people by visiting the affected communities.

Meanwhile, four lives were lost in Lapai Local Government Area at the weekend after an 8 hour downpour that ravaged 23 villages and destroyed several farmlands.

 PR/Mercy Chukwudiebere