Flood Niger Gov, Abubakar orders demolition of buildings on waterways. Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger State, has directed that any buildings erected on waterways be demolished in coordination with other pertinent Ministries and the Kontagora Local Government Council.
Bello gave the order while paying a visit to Kontagora flood victims to express his sympathies.
On the technical side, he explained, “we need to find a method to widen the river and desilt it so that water may flow freely when it rains.
“Many of them were in fact offered compensation to leave, but they declined. Therefore, we will simply proceed to demolish the homes along the water.
The Governor then comforted the Emir and those who had lost loved ones and property in the catastrophe.
In his statement, the State Commissioner for Environment, Daniel Habila Galadima, said that the necessary design for a long-term fix to the floods would be completed by the end of September 2022. He also added that there would be a high level of awareness to prevent construction on waterways.
By the time we find a solution, he said, “we’ll need to raise awareness so that people avoid developing alongside rivers and make sure that water bodies, holdings, and shadows are preserved.”
Speaking in response, Alhaji Muhammadu Barau Mu’azu II, the Emir of Kontagora, thanked the Governor for his visit and the relief supplies given to the flood victims, assuring him of the products’ careful distribution.
Alhaji Shehu Pawa, the head of the Kontagora Local Government, also acknowledged that 237 persons were impacted by the flood and that two fatalities had been reported.
Bello made an on-site evaluation in Hayin Hakimi, one of the six settlements decimated by the flood calamity.