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Flood: Official Calls For Proper Dredging Of Rivers Niger, Benue

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Flood: Official Calls For Proper Dredging Of Rivers Niger, Benue

Mr Ladein Omiebi, Chairman, Flood Management Committee, Patani Local Government Area, Delta State has called on the Federal Government to carry out a proper dredging of the River Niger to prevent recurring flood disasters.

Omiebi made the call on Tuesday in Patani, Delta State.

According to him, proper dredging of the Rivers Niger and Benue will increase the capacity of the rivers to accomodate more water hence, reducing the frequency of the river flooding.

He said that members of communities also have critical roles to play by keeping the water channels free of waste and anything that would cause blockage of the water channels.

“I will suggest the Federal Government should dredge the river Niger properly, that would take care of the waters from overflowing because this is just river flood.

“That would be one of the major solutions to this recurring flooding that has caused great disasters and has led to massive displacements and deaths across several states in the country.

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“On our parts, we have our way of assisting the government, we are not keeping to environmental laws and by improper ways of waste disposal, canals are being blocked.

“By the time we abide by environmental laws some of these problems will not arise,” Omiebi said.

Omiebi also called on those living in flood prone areas to always heed to early warnings of relocating to higher grounds to mitigate their losses and most importantly, avoid any case of death.

He said that following the early warnings from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Local Government Council also engaged in sensitisation and resettled of members of Patani Community to higher grounds.

The Chairman pointed out that although some people heeded to the warning and relocated, others have remained in their homes waiting for the worse to happen.

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Omiebi said that the Local Government was still engaging in vigorous enlightenment considering the health hazard and risk those in the communities are exposed to.

He said that there have been reported cases of reptiles in some of the houses and malaria as a result of stagnant waters and broken sewages.

He further explained that some people have remained in their homes for the fear of losing their property to vandals, which was the case after the 2012 flooding.

Mrs Esther Edeghe, a retired Civil servant, also called on the government to do its best in preventing the reoccurrence of the flood.

“Since this is river flooding, it can actually be mitigated if our rivers and oceans were constantly dredged.

“Our rivers are not deep enough that is why when there is continuous rainfall, we suffer from serious flooding, especially we in the riverine communities.

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“The situation is critical as many of us lost property in 2012 and now we are losing more property again.

“Even if we relocate to higher grounds, how many of our things can we pack? All we need is a permanent solution,” Edeghe said.

Edeghe also said that relief items should be extended to them that have remained in the communities explaining that she and her family have not relocated because the camp condition was not any better.

She said that they that have remained in communities are also in need of food and non food items relief.

10 out of the 20 LGAs in Delta state have been affected by the flood and 42,000 people currently displaced in the state.

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Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo

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Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo

Advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for investigation into circumstances surrounding buildings collapse incidents in Lagos and Oyo states last week.

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SERAP said the two states should take immediate steps to investigate the latest incidents and bring to justice complicit developers and contractors.

SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, says the group is ready to offer free legal services to affected families.

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Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings

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Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings

Five more buildings in Lagos Island have been brought down by the Lagos state government, bringing the number of demolished buildings to thirteen.

Lagos state building control agency embarked on this demolition on Friday to prevent another disaster after Wednesday’s collapsed building incident in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island.

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Twenty persons were killed; forty-five others were injured when a four-storey building, housing a school at its top floor, collapsed. Most of the dead were children.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye described the exercise as a holistic response to the challenges posed by derelict structures and unapproved schools.

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The government has taken over the site of the collapsed Massey street building.

Government officials say the ministry had identified 149 distressed and defective buildings, of which 40 have been demolished.

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10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community

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10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community

Ten persons have been killed in a fresh attack in Nandu community in Kaduna State.

Chairman Sanga local government council, Charles Danladi, says the attack happened in Nandu village in which eleven houses were burnt.

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This is happening at a time when the state struggles to contain repeated attacks in Kajuru local government area of the state for two months now.

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Dozens of civilians have been killed there in communal violence believed to be between the Adara people and their Fulani neighbours.

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