Convene Stakeholders’ Meeting To Address Flooding, Senate Urges FG | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

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    <b>Abuja</b> – The upper chamber of the National Assembly, yesterday urged the federal government to convene a stakeholders’ meeting to look into flooding situation in the country with a view to proffering a lasting solution to the disaster.

The lawmakers have expressed concern following the massive destruction of lives and property by the recurring flood in parts of the country.

The Senate also appealed the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to rehabilitate the existing dams to be able to take in flood waters.

The lawmakers commended the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant government agencies, organisations and individuals for their efforts at creating awareness that has led to the reduction in casualty level.

The Senate appealed to NEMA to send relief materials to the affected victims in Kano South senatorial district and other states of the federation.

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The resolutions of the Senate followed a motion, titled: “Recent flooding across the country,” sponsored by Senators Kabir Gaya (APC, Kano South) and Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North), and co-sponsored by 106 other lawmakers during plenary.

Leading debate on the motion, Senator Gaya noted that “torrential rains have unleashed floods in different parts of Nigeria over the past few months, claiming hundreds of lives and damaging thousands of homes.”

He explained that the floods have so far ravaged 34 states with Kano South the worst hit where 14 out of the 16 local government areas were ravaged by the floods.

Senator Gaya said, “In the last three decades, the impacts of flooding have increasingly assumed from significant to threatening proportions, resulting in loss of lives and properties.

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“Though detailed statistics are not available regarding the losses sustained by the urban dwellers and flood victims, it is obvious from the available records that irreparable loss have been sustained by the citizens of Nigeria due to what has become perennial natural disaster in our cities.

“Apart from houses (built with mud brick, traditional building materials of the area and those not built modern flood resistant structure) that collapse by flooding, schools, buildings and bridges sometimes collapse as well. Market places farmlands are submerged for weeks and sometimes are washed away.”

The lawmaker noted that the recurring annual floods, especially arising from the released of flood waters from various dams have caused avoidable loss of lives in many communities across the country.

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Gaya noted that the disaster had also resulted in colossal loss of property and livelihood as well as dislocation of families thereby worsening the crises of the internally displaced persons with NEMA estimating the losses at over N2.6trillion.

Other senators, who contributed to the debate, lamented the enormous damage floods have done to many Nigerians in various parts of the country and called on the federal government for a lasting solution to the natural disaster.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki pointed out the need to save the lives and properties of Nigerians being lost every year.

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