EU Technical Mission Visits Kogi On Flood Crisis

The European Mission has visited Kogi state with the aim of giving a technical advice on how to better manage floods.

While addressing the EU delegation, the special adviser on emergency management to the state governor, Air Vice Marshal Gabriel Abdul (Rtd) described the 2012 floods as a colossal loss as 13 markets, 831 small scale business and many crops stored for off season sales were washed away and destroyed.

The European mission team who came in company of National Emergency Management Agency in Abuja (NEMA) accessed the level of damage by the flood and proffered technical advice towards future occurrence.

The delegation which was received at Koto Karfe by a Kogi state government delegation also visited Ozahi community but had a hard time assessing the neighbourhood as the only access road had been washed away by flood.

The community dwellers were still living in the shelter box provided by the state government, while the only toilet in the community was built by the Nigeria Red Cross.

The team also visited tony farm, where the manager of the farm took them round some part of the farm to see some of the damages caused by the flood.

While presenting his papers in an interactive session, Mr Abdul appealed for assistance from the EU to alleviate the suffering faced by the state. He said that damage had been done to 400,000 hectares of farmland, 24,082 houses in 477 communities in the state.

In his remarks, Dr Sierio Giovaniu stated that the EU will assist the state in areas of flood information management, especially as its relates to forecast and alerts procedures as well as early warning systems.

He commiserated with the state for recording the worst impact of flood last year and assured of technical and other assistance that would help mitigate impact of future flood.

The team is expected to visit the confluence beach Lokoja, Lokoja greater water works, Idah and Ibaji before the end of their visit.

Health Ministry donates medical items to Kogi flood victims

The Federal Government on Saturday donated drugs and medical equipment worth millions of naira to Kogi State Government to address medical needs of the flood victims.

The Deputy Director, Health Emergency Response and Disaster Management, the Federal Ministry of Health, John Kehinde, presented the items to Idris Wada, the state governor, in Lokoja.

Kehinde said that the items were donated to address the immediate health needs of the flood victims, stressing that Kogi remained the worst hit among the 20 states that were affected by the flood disaster because it was home to the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue.

The items donated include 60 litres of methylated spirit, a thousand pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 3,000 household water filters, 140 cartons of Ringer Lactate and 19 cartons of Darrows’ Solution.

Receiving the items, Wada thanked the Federal Government for the medical items and other relief materials donated to the state.

The governor said that the state government would soon allocate alternative plots of land to victims of the flood to enable them to build new houses in locations far away from river banks and waterways.

“We will do everything we can to give them alternative plots to build new houses but we will enforce extant environmental and town-planning laws.

“When we give them alternative plots, we will also assist them to build their new houses as but we need their understanding and cooperation.

“Now, we are back to the drawing board, planning ahead so that such a thing will never happen to us again. In the future, we will be better prepared with good planning strategies and strict enforcement of regulations.”

Besides, Wada said that the state government planned to invest in water transportation in collaboration with the private sector so as to provide alternative means of transportation for the people.

The federal government pledged that 10,000 anti-malaria drugs and 500 insecticide-treated bed nets would also be delivered to the state by Tuesday.


Environmentalist recommends buffer dams as solution to flooding

An Environmentalist, Idowu Salami on Wednesday recommended that the Federal Government should review the design of the variouse dams in Nigeria and identify areas where buffers can be constructed.

Mr Salami, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily said the recent flooding in Kogi state and other parts of Nigeria was a result of heavy rainfall as well as the release of water from some hydroelectricity dams.

In the video below, the environmentalist offered several other solution that can help prevent devastating floods.

Flooding: Saraki recommends more funding for NEMA

The Chairman Senate Committee on Environment, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday recommended that more fund should be allocated to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to enable the agency provide succour for Nigerians affected by disasters.

Speaking against the backdrop of the recent flooding that ravaged parts of Kogi State, Mr Saraki said NEMA currently does not have the resources to cater for the over half a million persons that have been displaced by the flood.

Watch the video below for the full interview: