Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Flooding: Ortom calls for dredging of River Benue

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has called on the federal government to dredge the River Benue to put a permanent end to the perennial flooding of the state.

Ortom stated this when he visited some communities including Kucha Utebe on Gboko road, Rice Mill in Wadata among other areas affected by flood.

Ortom stated that the "River Benue is now shallow and when there is excess rainfall or a release of water from the Ladgo Dam in Cameroon, you will see it overflowing its bank.”

He noted that the state has witnessed more rainfall this year which stretched beyond what it used to be in the past and pleaded with the federal government to dredge the river as the only permanent solution to flooding in the state.

"Truly, if the river was deep enough, you won't see this flooding but as it is, unfortunately, hundreds of people have already been displaced from their homes and I pray that this water will recede instead of increasing."

Ortom lamented that the state is already challenged with humanitarian problems adding that "we are still struggling to contend with the herdsmen attacks though some of the IDPs have returned but if this continues, we will have no options than to open another camp for people to live in."

He lamented that many families have been displaced and property have been destroyed hence the need to put a permanent stop to blood shedding in Benue.

The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr Emmanuel Shior, said a lot of local governments; Makurdi, Logo, Ukum, Guma, Katsina Ala, Buruku, Agatu among others have been affected and many communities flooded.

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