Kogi PDP Governorship Aspirant Tasks FG On Flood Disaster Management

Dr Joseph Ameh, popularly known as Erico, a Kogi State governorship aspirant  has appealed to the Federal Government to evolve a permanent flood disaster management plan to save lives and reduce hardship of victims. Ameh, a security expert running under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  who made the call in an interview in Lagos today, said that part of the ecological funds should be allocated to flood disaster management and should be monitored to prevent its diversion to other projects. The politician, who is the Managing Director of Real Strikers Security Services Ltd, advised government to use the funds to make pre and post-disaster management plans for flood zones in the country. Ameh said that in making plans ahead, the federal government should identify waterlines and waterways, and then clear them. “When rain falls, it would naturally flow through the channels into a particular dredged area. “Rivers should also be dredged; if rivers are being dredged, we gain a lot from it.  “What do we gain? One, we have space of land available unto us for farming and all that; two, the sand that comes from under the water is as fine as possible, and it could be used for building. “If under waters are being dredged, we have more space during the rainy season, even if it is dredged and the waterways are not being created, it would still create a lot of problems,’’ he said. The aspirant advised the federal government to be proactive and go beyond giving relief materials, to making plans that include building houses on dry lands in advance, to temporarily relocate communities on flood plains whenever flooding was envisaged, to save lives and prevent hardship. Ameh appealed to other states to emulate Lagos by creating sanitation enforcement agencies to deter people from dumping refuse in waterways, to prevent flooding. He sympathised with flood victims across the nation and appealed to the ones in Kogi still having the discomfort to be patient with the federal government[…]

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