19 January 2013

Nigeria: Presidential Committee On Flood Visits Kogi

Lokoja — The Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation has assured the displaced persons in Kogi State of the commitment of the Federal Government to ameliorate their suffering.

The leader of the committee, John Uwoicho who was in the state Thursday for on the spot inspection of affected areas, said the visit would also assist the committee to undertake physical assessment of the damage done by the flood.

He said aside the palliatives which had earlier been sent to the state, the committee would make mid and long term recommendations aimed at mitigating the effects of the flood on the victims to prevent future occurrence.

Responding, the Kogi State Governor Idris Wada represented by his Deputy Arc. Yomi Awoniyi described the flood that ravaged a large portion of the state as unprecedented.

He said the flood displaced 623,690 persons, destroyed 61,775 houses and washed away 304,775 hectares of farmlands, adding that the state government set up 83 camps to ameliorate the displaced persons' suffering and distributes seedlings to affected farmers.

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