The massive flood that occurred in Kogi has cut short the life of a toddler and three other yet-to-be-identified people in the Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.
The flood sacked the entire local government, causing several damages to residents.
Confirming this to journalists on Tuesday, the chairman of the local government, Williams Iko-Ojo all the lands in the LGA have been submerged by the flood.
Iko-Ojo said, “As I’m speaking with you right now, there is no single habitable land in Ibaji, everywhere has been submerged and people are in a devastating condition.
“To be honest, the humanitarian crisis is beyond what the local government can tackle and we are calling on the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and all relevant authorities to come to the aid of my people”
Also speaking, the traditional ruler, Ejeh of Ibaji and Chairman of Ibaji Traditional Council, Ajofe John Odiche Egwemi called on the Federal government to complete the dredging of the river Niger and also embark on building dams as a long-term solution to the flooding.
“I feel very devastated with the magnitude and the destruction that have come from the flood disaster. Usually, we do experience flooding of farmlands between August to October but not of this magnitude” he added.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Yahaya Bello, visited the IDP camps and toured riverine communities affected by the flood.
He assured the victims of a quick and substantial solution to the continuous flooding in the state even as he reiterates the commitment of his government to alleviate hardship and called on relevant agencies for assistance.
Recall that Kogi is one of the Nigerian states that has suffered losses for constant flooding that has dealt with the north central state.
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