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Yahaya Bello urges Buhari to declare Kogi ‘National Disaster Zone’ over flood



The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Saturday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the state a “National Disaster Zone” over the devastating flood in the state and environs.

Bello, who made the appeal in his Independence Day address in Lokoja, called for a lasting solution to the problem.

He stressed that such a declaration would help to unlock the nation’s capacity to respond aggressively to emergencies.

The governor said: “The president may wish to recall that he made such a declaration in response to the 2018 flooding – and the floods this year are projected to be much worse than anything we saw in 2018.

“Thus, while thanking His Excellency for what the Federal agencies are already doing, I implore him to give us the help our people so desperately need at this time.”

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Bello said the natural disaster had affected nine local government areas in the state.

The LGAs – Lokoja, Kogi-Koto, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Igalamela-Odolu, Bassa, Idah, Ibaji, and Omala – are along the Rivers Niger and Benue.

“As a leader, it is clear to me that I must make an attempt to break this vicious cycle, if not for all, then for as many victims as I can and I am making proposals for permanent solutions,” he added.

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