Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria yesterday, September 7, announced that the Federal Government will dredge the River Benue and construct necessary drainages as a permanent solution to the perennial flooding in Benue State.
Addressing flood victims currently housed at the Makurdi International Market and IDP camp in Benue State, Vice President Osinbajo told them that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed him to “carry out an on-the- spot assessment of the areas affected by the ravaged flood and to sympathize with the victims, government and people of Benue State.”
He further said that dredging of the River Benue would create massive job opportunities and enhance the state’s economy.
Commending, the federal government for responding swiftly to the state’s distress call through the provision of relief materials for the victims, Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue State also “as a matter urgency” for the completion of the construction of drainages, works which began in 2004 with World Bank Ecological Funds.
The Governor also thanked the Nasarawa State government and many other philanthropists who came to their aid.
During the inspection tour of the Idye Drainage Channel by the Vice President, the State’s deputy governor, Benson Abounu,also reiterated the call for the Federal Government to complete the project whichstarted “in 2004 when I was the state commissioner for Water Resources but could not be completed which is evident in what you are seeing here today. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the federal government to complete the project so as to save the people of the state of this ecological and flood menace.’’
By Veronica Ogbole
Photo: Vice President Osinbajo with flood victims