18 February 2013

Nigeria: Belgore Charges Kwara Govt On Flood Alert

Ilorin — The 2011 Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in Kwara State, Mohammed Dele Belgore, yesterday called on the state government to take concrete steps to avoid another flooding in the state.

He spoke on the heels of a recent flood alert by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in which Kwara was listed among states most susceptible to heavy flooding in 2013.

The ACN chieftain noted that the government has not taken "any serious concrete and aggressive measures" to prevent a recurrence of the 2012 flooding which claimed lives and destroyed property and farmlands in many parts of the state.

In a statement by his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye, Belgore said, "As another rainy season beckons, we call on relevant authorities in Kwara State to as a matter of urgency take concrete steps to avoid another flooding across the state. NIMET, in our opinion, has done its statutory duty of raising flood alerts in states believed to be prone to flooding this year. It is therefore the responsibility of the governments concerned to address this while it still can to prevent needless loss of human lives and property. Also, we urge Kwarans to keep clean environments and to avoid dumping of materials capable of blocking the waterways."

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