The Nasarawa State Government has started the construction of drainage along water ways in all flood-prone areas in Lafia township to curb flooding.
Gov. Umaru Al-makura, who stated this in Lafia on Friday during an inspection tour of the flood-prone areas, said the measure would check further floods in the state capital.
”The construction of more drains and culverts would divert storm water that is often responsible for incessant flooding,” he said.
The governor noted that frequent flooding of the areas prompted him to access their ecological problems.
He said the present CPC-led administration was extremely committed to making life better for the citizens of the state.
Al-makura promised that he would do everything humanly possible to see that flood-related issues became a thing of the past in Lafia and the entire state.
He said that the Nasarawa Urban and Rural Development Board (NURDB) had been mandated to come up with urban planning for the entire state.
According to him, the gesture is to ensure that the state capital, and indeed the whole state, are fully planned for against environmental degradation.
”Prevention is better than cure, having looked at what happened last year, we are trying to see that areas that are vulnerable to disaster of flood are quickly attended to in good time,” he added.
Al-makura however blamed the location of the state, especially Lafia, the state capital, as the major reason responsible for the flood.
The governor noted that community enlightenment would be intensified so as to avert government from spending more resources to solve the problem of floods.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tour of the flood-prone areas took the governor to Dunama Primary School St. and Bukan Sidi area, among other areas that are worse-hit by last year’s floods in Lafia. (NAN)