Kogi govt promises to mitigate effect of flooding
•As NIWA donates food items, N5m to state
Kogi State government has said it would do everything within its power to mitigate this year’s flooding in the event Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) forecast comes to pass.
Governor Yahaya Bello stated this in Lokoja when the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) donated food items worth millions of naira and N5 million to the state government to help prepare adequately for the impending natural disaster.
Bello thanked the management of NIWA for the donation and pledged to ensure that all measures to mitigate the impending flooding are adequately adhered to, promising to step up awareness campaign across the state.
The governor, who spoke through his commissioner for Environment, Victor Omofaiye, said the state government would do everything within its power to ensure the predicted flood would have little or no effect on livelihood of the people.
He solicited more support from individuals and corporate organisations to reduce effect of the flood.
He appealed to residents living on flood-prone areas to relocate to government facilities.
Earlier, the managing Director of NIWA, Kingsley Moghalu, while presenting the items to the state, assured that the agency would continue to collaborate with the state government to ameliorate the effect of flood on the people.
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