Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ortom: #Benue Flood Intervention Fund Diverted

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that impact of the money released by the federal government after the 2012 flood was not felt in the state because the fund was diverted.



He lamented that nothing was done to address the problems of people displaced by the flood, calling on the federal government to construct buffer dams along rivers Benue and Katsina-Ala, as a solution to perennial flooding along the banks of the two rivers.

Ortom spoke on Monday when a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Environment, led by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Nana Mede, visited him.

The governor equally appealed for the completion of the Idye and Demekpe basin canals as well as construction of what he described as mega drainages in the three major towns of the state to enable free flow of water.

While urging the federal government to sustain the release of ecological funds to states, he said his cabinet has set up a committee to make emergency arrangements to contain flood if it occurs.

The permanent secretary said they were in the state to assess its level of preparedness to tackle the impending flood, visit prone areas and make arrangements that would forestall a repeat of what happened in 2012.

Mede added however that the dredging of River Benue would be part of a permanent solution to flooding in Makurdi.

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