The Kogi State Commissioner for Setting, Victor Omofaiye has revealed that 10 native authorities areas within the state are still submerged because of floods which have ravaged the state within the final two months.
Omofaiye who made this identified when he spoke with choose newsmen on Tuesday, referred to as on the Federal Authorities to return to the help of the state because it wants pressing intervention as the extent of devastation was greater than the state might deal with or resolve by itself.
Omofaiye said that the state was still grappling with the impact of the 2012 flood and was all the time on the receiving finish of flooding due to its location.
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“Kogi is all the time on the crimson alert. As quickly as Shiroro or Kanji dam is launched, it finds its approach all the way down to Lokoja due to the convergence of River Niger and Benue,” the Commissioner mentioned.
“In 2012, the extent of destruction was so large with about 70,000 homes affected, whereas many died. With the amount of water this 12 months greater than 2012, you may solely think about what the extent of devastation can be.
“Our individuals are still on the sector gathering knowledge and we now have created a scenario room. Nevertheless, 10 native authorities areas are affected and still presently below water – Ibaji, Idah, Igalamela/Odolu, Ofu, Omala, Bassa, Kogi, Lokoja and Ajaokuta are still below water.
“Ibaji is the very best producers of rice within the state and that’s the worst hit of the flooding. The rice farmlands are all submerged. The identical for Giriyan in Kogi Council space.
“Farmlands and property value billions of naira are already gone. We can not precisely confirm the extent of destruction untill the sector work is completed, however at presently, the state is overwhelmed.”
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