John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Benue state government has begun evacuation of those residing along the riverine areas particularly those living along the banks of River Benue.
Governor Samuel Ortom who was on an inspection tour of flood-prone areas, drainage channels and areas threatened by erosion in Makurdi, the state capital, yesterday, said the move became necessary to prevent loss of lives and valuable properties in the event of the flood.
He directed those residing along the banks of Rivers Benue, Katsina-Ala and Buruku to comply and vacate those areas in view of the impending flood.
The governor said residents of Agatu, Guma, Makurdi, Buruku, Gwer-West and Katsina-Ala local government areas should heed to the warning.
He said even as the state government has taken steps onwards avoiding the repeat of the 2012 flood disaster, those residing in flood- prone areas should not wait for the rivers to overflow their banks before moving out.
The governor warned residents of Makurdi and other towns against blocking drainage channels with empty water sachets and plastic containers, stressing that such negative attitudes make many areas to be prone to flooding.
According to the governor, the state’s environmental sanitation agency has stepped up efforts in refuse collection and advised citizens to drop refuse at designated spots for collection.
He said his administration would continue with the preventive measures until Benue records a flood free-year.