People living and doing businesses along the shoreline of Kabawa area of Lokoja have been asked to relocate to enable the state government commence works on embankment project on the bank of River Niger to prevent flooding in the area.
Kogi State governor, Capt Idris Wada gave the order in Lokoja on Thursday, when he inspected the extent of on-going work on the N1.5billion shoreline embankment project.
The project, which was awarded to Chizali Nigerian Limited at the cost of N1.5billion, is to protect the shoreline of Kabawa settlement areas of the capital city.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, said the contractor had since last year been mobilised to site, but lamented the inability of the residents to relocate from the area, saying that their uncooperative attitude was delaying the on-going work.
Governor Wada said efforts were being made to meet with the relevant stakeholders and the contractor in order to help fast-track early completion of the embankment.
The governor, who said the benefits of the embankment could not be over emphasized, said aside the protection of the area against flooding, the embankment would help to beautify and ensure a good sanitary situation of the area.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Stephen Aremu said the project was being slowed by the un-cooperative attitude of the community despite the fact that the state government had paid compensation to those concerned.
Also speaking, Engr Suleiman Mohammed, the supervising engineer for Chizali Nigerian Limited, the contracting firm handling the project, said his firm was committed to delivering the work on schedule, assuring of quality work that would stand the test of time when the people move out of the work area.

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