WORRIED by the perennial flooding that have devastated and rendered many people homeless, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has called on federal government to urgently start dredging the River Niger.
Obaseki, who lent his voice to other patriotic Nigerians on the need to find urgent solutions to the yearly disaster said such measure will prevent the flooding of areas on the bank of the river.
Obaseki made the request during the presentation of palliative items by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Benin, Edo State. He said responses to checkmate consequences of flooding in the country may not be enough if adequate measures are not in place to ensure lasting solution to the issue.
The governor, who was represented by the deputy, Philip Shuaibu further noted that this year’s flooding caused a lot of havoc and must not be left to be repeated.
“On the issues of flooding, beyond government or individual coming to the rescue by the way of proving shelter, food and other relief items, I think we should look for a permanent solution to put an end to the unfortunate incident.
“I have said it before and I am saying it again that the solution from my research is to dredge the River Niger. Until we do that, we would have to continually lament and spend”.