Benue Radio, market, 7 communities submerged in Makurdi flood
Updated Monday 28 August 2017 9:51
The State Commissioners for Land, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mr Bernard Unenge, and Water Resources and Environment, Mr Joseph Utsev went round the town for situation report on Sunday.
The commissioner said that the state has not received any ecological assistance from the Federal Government since 2013.
“Benue Government is looking for ways in which River Benue can be dredged. This is because by dredging the river, majority of the water can be accommodated to prevent future overflow.
“The ongoing research so far, showed that the preliminary study will cost about N8 billion while the main project will gulp about N300 billion.
“This is where we need Federal Government financial intervention to execute the project, since the funds are much.”
The Executive Secretary Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Boniface Ortese told NAN during the inspection of the affected areas that proactive measures have been put in place to address the situation.
He said that all relevant authorities in the country were communicated, adding that the agency would soon open the IDPs camp at North Bank.
Several households, property and electrical polls were destroyed in the state capital.
No fewer than 4,000 houses were submerged in the 2012 flooding which also destroyed property worth millions of naira. (NAN)
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