Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi and Chairman Flood Management Committee, gave the assurance when he paid a scheduled visit to the National Inland Waterways Authority, Lokoja.
The Deputy Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Abdulrahman Wuya, said the visit was to appreciate the role played by NIWA in rescue operations in last year’s flood and to ascertain the organization’s level of preparedness for 2013 predicted flood.
The Deputy Governor said information on the rising water level of the River Niger and Benue as provided by NIWA, has served as basis for planning by the State Government, commended the role played last year by NIWA in the search and rescue operations in Ibaji and other areas affected by the last year’s flood.
As part of measures to mitigate the expected flood, appreciable sensitization for those living in flood prone areas to relocate, effective synergy and collaboration with critical stakeholders, while available makeshift settlements equipped with basic facilities, where displaced persons can temporarily be relocated to in the event of the flood, has been carried out and put in place.
In her response, Hajia Ina Ciroma, Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority, said her organization is adequately prepared regarding the flood, and would deploy its expertise and personnel in search and rescue operations.
The Managing Director called for synergy with the State Government to prevent a re- occurrence of last year’s devastating experience, adding that her organization has already began the sensitization of people to move to higher ground.