BY OSBERT TOR-NAJIME, MAKURDI – Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has tasked members of the National Assembly from the state to lobby for the inclusion of the dredging of River Benue as a major project in 2021 budget and its implementation.

This is just as the Benue State governor warned that henceforth, the State Government would demolish any building on water channels without any form of compensation.

Ortom, who tasked the federal legislators on Saturday while fielding questions from journalists shortly after inspecting the level of devastation caused by flood in Makurdi metropolis as a result of heavy downpour, said that until River Benue is dredged, flood control efforts in Makurdi and its environs will continue to yield little results.

He noted that even though the drainage channel constructed by the Federal Government had mitigated the effect of the flooding to a large extent, he however said that more needed to be done in terms of opening more drainages to help salvage the situation.

The governor also charged the people of the state to always get approval from relevant authorities before erecting structures for residential or commercial purposes.

Ortom said his administration would, through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) consider the provision of relief materials for those affected by the flood as well as provision of temporary shelter for the victims.

Places visited by the Governor during the inspection included the BIPC Estate and its extension, Apaar Batur Village on Naka Road, Ishaya Bakut road and some parts of Judges Quarters.

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