Communities at the bank of River Niger-Benue in Kogi State, particularly those in Ibaji Local Government Area of the state threatened by flood, have appealed to the federal government and that of the state to provide camps for Internally Displaced Persons in this locality.
The call was contained in a statement to Governor Idris Wada, signed by the chairman of the Odochala Development Association in Ibaji, Mr. Joseph Omachonu.
Omachonu said that the situation in the village was hopeless and pathetic, as the people had been rendered homeless by the ravaging flooding, which left their homes and farms submerged.
He further explained that the problem of the community started in 1988 when the federal government attempted to dredge the River Niger to allow for sail of big ships.
He added that since the attempted dredging, Odochala and other communities living on the Niger River bank whose main occupation was farming and fishing had continued to suffer perennial hardships occasioned by terrible landslide and erosion from the flood.
Omachonu stated that all efforts to get government’s attention and possible assistance had yielded no result, as there had been no response on the matter.
According to him, the suffering of the people escalated this year as the community suffered a flood by Rivers Niger and Benue.
The community leader therefore called on the federal and state governments to come to the aid of his “homeless” community by providing a temporary camp.

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