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Gov’t to relocate flood affected residents

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Construction of buildings to house the displaced residents would soon begin.

About 10,000 residents from the Mosun Community in Kogi’s Bassa Local Government Area who have been displaced as a consequence of the River Benue’s raging activities during the rainy season are ready to be relocated with government aid. The area had already been severely impacted by flooding last year. Managing Director (MD) of the Hydro-Electricity Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), Alhaji Abubakar Yelwa, said this on Monday during a visit to the affected areas in the community.

Considering the devastating flood of 2022, Yelwa declared it was necessary to relocate the damaged areas. People had to leave their houses for their own safety. Construction on buildings to house the displaced residents would begin in two weeks, he said. This will take place once plots of land are designated for construction by the traditional ruler and the Bassa Local Government officials. But still, he emphasized that the anticipated 2023 flood is a concerning issue.

300 meters of land were wiped away by the 2022 flood.

With regards to the expected floods in 2023, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had earlier predicted that 2023 rains will be heavier than that of the previous year, which might entail more flooding than we now anticipate. On site, the Managing Director of HYPPADEC provided more confirmation of the devastating effects the River Benue has had on the people of the Mosun Kingdom. He stressed the need of taking action to save lives and give people hope.

In addition, he assures us that the commission is prepared to dispatch resources to the riverbanks and begin work on stemming the tide of destructive erosion. The traditional ruler of the Mosun Kingdom, Alhaji Burka Ali, made it clear to the HYPPADEC Managing Director and his entourage that last year’s flood had been very damaging. Almost 300 meters of land were wiped away and at least 10,000 people were affected by the 2022 flood.

The community reiterates its willingness to cooperate with HYPPADEC.

According to the ruler of the Mosun Kingdom, the plot of land has already been chosen for the community’s relocation. In a follow-up, he thanked the commission and the federal government for their care and concern for the people of the kingdom. The community further reiterates its willingness to cooperate with HYPPADEC towards the goal of relocating flood victims. During the commission’s visit to the Mosun Kingdom, the commission’s managing director and the Kogi representative, Alhaji Isa Ozi-Salami, were both awarded chieftaincy titles, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

While Yelwa became the “Ondaihi” (Galadima) of Bassa land, Ozi-Salami became the “Oniereza Ogbanyi” of the Mozum Kingdom. A report on the 2023 seasonal climate prediction released by NiMet in January comes with a forecast that there may also be early onset of rain across the country. NiMET predicted that heavy rain will occur on the coasts of the south-south states of Bayelsa, Rivers, and Akwa-Ibom beginning on or around March 2. According to NiMET, the states of Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Enugu, Anambra, western Ogun, and Lagos should expect a longer than usual rainy season.

Rainfall is most likely to peak between July and September.

As stated in the report, rains may not start until June or July in the states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, and Borno. In fact, only Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kwara, Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos will see numbers that are quite close to average. Rainfall is most likely to peak between July and September. NiMET also predicted that in 2023 there would be more floods than usual, with waters coming in with great strength for a very little period of time. This is due to the observable rise in climate change and human-triggered actions such as indiscriminate dumping of rubbish.


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8 months ago

Gov’t to relocate flood affected residentsConstruction of buildings to house the displaced residents would soon begin. – Express your point of view.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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8 months ago

Government should look into preventing the after effect of the anticipated 2023 flood activities due to rain.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
8 months ago

Concrete studies should be carried in the areas of Nigeria that experience flooding last year 2022 to see if there is any possibility of reoccurrence of such this year as we approach the raining season and provisions should be made to put thing in control. The government should speed up the site prepared for the relocation of about 10,000 residents from the Mosun Community in Kogi’s Bassa Local Government Area to the new site.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
8 months ago

I can’t even imagine the kind of condition the resident of the community will be as their house are flooded.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
8 months ago

Thanks to the government for coming for coming through for the flood affected people in this hard time they encountered.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
8 months ago

As they always say prevention is better than cure. Government should make sure to prepare for the impact of flooding rather than providing aid for them after the disaster.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
8 months ago

Relocating the victims alone is not the only option but also looking for means to reduce the rate of the flood in those areas

Bola12
Bola12
Member
8 months ago

I’m glad our government officials are becoming thoughtful and I hope those people find comfort in their new community

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
8 months ago

The issue of floading has been lingering for so long in those area pro to floading of which little is been done by the federal government to reduce the effect on those people living in those environment.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
8 months ago

Prevention to flood should be come up with to stop flood from affecting the people once again because the flood that really cause trouble building of canals and building will help in preventing flood

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
8 months ago

Flood have damaged a lot thing it should not happen again we should find way to prevent all this from happen again people have suffer from it necessary things should be done

theApr
theApr
Member
8 months ago

This is such a kind gesture. Relocating victims of the flood to a safe areas put in place by the government. However, government need to be proactive to stop this yearly flooding

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
8 months ago

With necessary supports from the govt and the community’s willingness to cooperate with HYPPADEC, the goal of relocating flood victims will be accomplished. For the safety of the victim… It is very important they get things done before rainy season.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
8 months ago

If the government help relocate them, that would be very good for us all because these people have suffered a lot and they need help in these trying times.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
8 months ago

Wow, the flood is really doing more harm in our environment these days and something needs to be done about it as soon as possible.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
8 months ago

To eliminate this recurrent flooding, however, the government must take aggressive measures.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
8 months ago

As climate change becomes increasingly evident due to human-caused behaviors like littering, the general public would do well to exercise caution.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
8 months ago

It is very sad that people are losing their lives and properties due to flooding, The government ought to compensate them because I am sure they would not have the means of fending for themselves.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
8 months ago

Federal Government should reexamine the state of the areas that were flooded for possible reoccurrence of such since we are approaching the raining season. The government of Kogi state should conclude the construction of the buildings on time to meet up with the relocation of 10,000 residents from the Mosun Community in Kogi’s Bassa Local Government Area with government aid before the raining is here.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
8 months ago

The affected residents are not just going to be relocated, they should also be given stipends to start up business and make living for themselves.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
8 months ago

Good to hear, they need it as much. Government should look for solution stop or reduce the water force.