Flood Victims: Nasarawa State’s Legislators urge Government to provide relief
Amina Mohammed, Lafia.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has urged the state government to provide relief materials to victims of floods in the state.
This, the assembly said, was to reduce their plights and improve their standard of living due to the devastating effects of flooding that wreaked havoc in many communities across the state.The Speaker of the House, Balarabe Abdullahi, stated this while reading the House resolution after the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Tanko Tunga, raised the issue under matters of public importance during the House proceedings in Lafia today.
The Speaker said that the devastating effect of flooding across the state is huge, hence the need for the House resolution in that direction.“I want to use this medium to appreciate Hon. Tanko Tunga and all members for your contributions on this subject matter.“I have also directly been affected as 50 per cent of my people are living in riverine communities.“The devastating effects of the flood are huge across the state as many lives, animals, buildings, and farmlands, among other properties, were destroyed.“As many communities across the state affected by the flood are homeless, they are no longer living in their homes.“It is given this that I want to call on the State Government to provide relief materials to the flood victims without delay.“I also want to call on the State Government to relocate communities affected by flood to a safer place for their comfortability and to improve on their standard of living,” he said.
The Speaker urged the State Government to provide more funds to the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASA) to enable the agency to discharge its duties effectively.“I also want to call on both the National and State Emergency Agencies, Nasarawa Urban Development Board ( NUDB) National Orientation Agency (NOA), among other agencies saddled with the responsibilities of tackling flooding and development plans, to be more proactive in their activities so that the society will be better for it by sensitizing the people on the danger of flooding and ensuring proper development control across the state,” he added.Contributing, Hon. John Osewu(APC DOMA SOUTH), Hon. Daniel Ogazi (APC Kokona East), Hon. Danladi Jatau (APC Kokona West), Hon. Mohammed Okpoku (APC Udege /Loko), and Hon. David Maiyaki (APC Karu/Gitata) have called for government’s urgent attention to address the plights of the flood victims across the state.
They lamented how the flood destroyed houses and properties, especially among their constituents thereby rendering their people homeless.They also called for proper funding for NASA as well as urged the NUDB to ensure proper development control in the state to avoid flooding.Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Tanko Tunga, while raising the issue, said that this year’s flooding appeared to be more terrible.“This year’s flooding has inflicted injuries on the lives of many people across the state.“It has caused a lot of damage to people, destroyed houses, farmlands and properties were also destroyed.“I want to call on the government to see how it can alleviate the suffering of the flood victims across the state,” said Tunga.