Social Democratic Party, SDP, lone member in the House of Representatives, Bitrus Kwamoti Laori, has blamed the Federal Government for neglecting people living in flood-prone areas.
Laori, who represents Numan, Lamurde and Demsa Federal Constituency, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war stating that it is obvious the president came prepared to tackle the scourge head-long.
The former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, who lamented the suffering of his people following the flood that wrecked havoc to no fewer than 50 communities, said had the federal government committed as much energy as it invested in the corruption campaign, it would have reduced the havoc caused by perennial flooding of parts of Adamawa state and other areas in the country.
Laori said he was not surprised by Buhari’s committed battle against corruption stressing that unlike other presidents, he came prepared to confront some teething problems but regretted that enough was not being done to tackle flood in the country.
Speaking on the effect of the flood on his constituency, Laori said the flood was unprecedented as it destroyed everything the people owned forcing him to arrange an emergency relief package worth N2.5 million to his people.
He appealed to the federal government to relocate communities along the river bank stating that this would be necessary to curb subsequent incidences of flooding of the communities and dismissed arguments against call for relocation because it would disorganise existing harmony.
“True, people have been staying in harmony along the river bank for decades but their peace was shattered after the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon Republic was constructed as the river was filled up by sand.” And called the federal government to construct an embankment across affected communities, or construct the Dasin Hausa buffer dam or dredge the entire river.
He promised to lobby and champion campaign for the construction of the Dasin Hausa buffer dam which was abandoned decades ago, a veritable weapon against perennial flooding.

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