In Kogi State, flood has claimed the life of of a toddler and five others
According to reports, the catastrophic flood that inundated the whole Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State claimed the lives of no less than six people, including a child.
Following a boat that capsized on Tuesday while attempting to transport villagers across to Ganaja village from the Gadumo area in Lokoja, two of the victims were brought ashore by divers.
Through its public relations officer, SP William Aya, the Kogi State Police Command verified this on Wednesday during a phone conversation with our correspondent.
Yes, I can confirm that two deaths were found by divers after a boat accident on Tuesday while attempting to transport locals through the flooded portions of the Ganaja-Lokoja route.
Additionally, the whole agricultural in the local government was destroyed, according to Williams Iko-Ojo, the chairman of the Ibaji Local Government Council, who was interacting with media at the time.
He stated, “As I talk with you now, there is not a single livable piece of land in Ibaji; everything has been inundated, and the people are in a terrible state.
The local administration is unable to address the humanitarian catastrophe, thus we are requesting assistance from the National Emergency Management Agency, the State Emergency Management Agency, and any other pertinent authorities.
In a similar spirit, Ajofe John Egwemi, the Ejeh of Ibaji and Chairman of the Ibaji Traditional Council, urged the Federal Government to finish dredging the River Niger and start building dams as a long-term remedy for the floods.
“Given the scale and the damage caused by the flood calamity, I feel absolutely saddened.
Between August and October, we do occasionally suffer floods of farmlands, but never on this scale, he continued.
Sadly, the Ibaji Local Government Area, an agricultural community known for its agricultural products, has been completely inundated by the flood.
In the meantime, Kingsley Fanwo, the state’s commissioner for information and communication strategy, told our reporter in an interview that the state administration was working nonstop to solve the issues that the people were having as a result of the devastating flood.
The requirements of the displaced persons are being met by the deployment of safety and health professionals.
They are under our care, and we will do all in our power to keep them safe.
To meet the requirements of the populace, our government is necessary.
We won’t ever abdicate our duty to our people, he said.