President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, at the weekend, urged the Federal Government to provide intervention fund for states that are affected by flood to enable them meet the current challenge of relocation of the victims.
Senator Mark, who stated this after visiting the flood prone areas of Kabawa and Ganaja areas of Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, donated the cash sum N500,000 to the victims of the flood who are currently settled in the premises of a primary school.
According to him, “the effect of this flood is devastating. Although we thank God that the number of casualty in Kogi is minimal. Notwithstanding, you are entitled to your descent living. The Kogi State government will collaborate with the Federal Government to ensure that you return to your homes as soon as the flood recedes and the rain subsides.
“But I urge you not to be in a hurry to return home so that you do not develop water borne diseases. What I have witnessed in the state as a result of the flood is saddening. I never thought the situation was this unimaginable. I had earlier visited Benue State too. I can say that nobody has seen anything near this in the last 30 years.
“I have seen the effect of the flood and I will contact the agencies responsible for situation like this so that they can come up with what could be done to help salvage this,” he further said.
Earlier, the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Idris Wada, had described the visit to the flood areas of the state by the President of the Senate as “a morale booster.”
He urged the President of the Senate to use his good officeS as well as his personal relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan to assist in reaching the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state in this