The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged the state government to provide relief materials to victims of flood in the state.
This, the assembly said, was to reduce their plights and improve on their standard of living due to the devastated effects of flooding that wreaked havoc in many communities across the state.
Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House stated this while reading the House resolution after Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House raised the issue under matters of public importance during the House proceedings in Lafia today.
The Speaker said that the devastated effect of flooding across the state are huge, hence the need for the House resolution in that direction.
” I want to use this medium to appreciate Hon Tanko Tunga and all members for your contributions on this subject matter.
” I have also directly been affected as 50 per cent of my people are living in riverine communities .
” The devastated effects of flood are huge across the state as many lives, animals, buildings, farm lands among other properties were destroyed.
” As many communities across the state affected by the flood are homeless, they are no longer living in their homes.
” It is in view of this that I want to call on the state government to provide relief materials to the flood victims without delay.
” I also want to call on the state government to relocate communities affected by flood to a safer places for their comfortability and to improve on their standard of living, ” he said.
The Speaker urged the state government to provide more funds to the Nasarawa State Emergency management Agency ( NASEMA) to enable the agency discharge its duties effectively.
” I also want to call on both the National and State emergency agencies, Nasarawa Urban Development Board ( NUDB) National Orientation Agency ( NOA) among other agencies saddled with the responsibilities of tackling flooding and development plans to be more proactive in their activities so that the society will be better for it.
” By sensitizing the people on the danger of flooding and ensure proper development control across the state,” he said
Contributing, Hon John Osewu(APC DOMA SOUTH) , Hon Daniel Ogazi(APC Kokona East) Hon Danladi Jatau(APC Kokona West) Hon Mohammed Okpoku(APC Udege /Loko) and Hon David Maiyaki(APC Karu/Gitata) have called for government urgent attention to address the plights of the flood victims across the state.
They lamented how the flood destroyed houses and properties especially among their constituents thereby rendering their people homeless. .
They also called for proper funding of NASEMA as well as urged NUDB to ensure proper development control in the state to avoid flooding.
Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House while raising the issue said that this year flooding appeared to be more terrible.
” This year flooding has inflicted injuries on the lives of many people across the state.
” It has cause a lot of damages to people, destroyed houses, farmlands and properties were also destroyed.
” I want to call on government to see how it can alleviate the suffering of the flood victims across the state,” Tunga said.