Reps call for funds to assist flood affected states

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Lawmakers in Nigeria is calling on the government to urgently release money from Ecological Fund for States affected by flood across the country, to help assist them tackle effects of seasonal problems.

This is to cushion the effect of flooding on the affected communities.

Presenting the motion adopted  under matters of urgent public importance, Professor Mojeed Alabi, from Osun State,  expressed concern on the wreckage and destruction of property and farmlands by the flood, subjecting citizens to untold hardship.

He drew the attention of members to the challenges some of the states are facing economically, which is also making it difficult for them to find lasting solutions to the floods.

Professor Mojeed expressed concerns that the economic challenges facing the nation would not allow states affected by flood to solely bear the cost of funding flood control and management measures without intervention of the Federal Government and other donor agencies.

“The sources of livelihood of the victims of the recent flooding in Osun and other affected states have been terribly paralysed, necessitating immediate intervention by way of emergency financial and material reliefs to cushion the effect of recent flooding,” he explained.

The lawmaker also asked the executive to put in place enduring infrastructures that would contain the anticipated massive flooding, as indicated by early warning notices.

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