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Kwara govt raises concerns over impending flooding

Kwara govt raises concerns over impending flooding

The Kwara State government has warned that there will be an upswing in the volume, duration and pattern of rainfall which in turn will lead to massive flooding.

It said the flooding could be attributed to the effect of climate change on the environment, most especially, at Kosubosu and other riverine areas.

The state Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mrs Samuel Elizabeth, revealed this in a statement on Friday, saying the information was obtained from the Nigeria Metrological Agency (Nimet).

“This unfriendly change in our climate is caused by natural phenomena and there is a need to prepare for it in order not to be caught unawares.

“The administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has since inception swung into action on the challenges associated with this change through the Asa River dredging, construction of embankment, desilting of drainages, provision of additional waste bins, expansion of the dump site for proper waste disposal, encouragement of wastes recycling, irrigation system for Farmers, and regular advocacy and sensitisations on environmental issues via the media and face-to-face interaction and enforcement.”

she advised “the people living in the Riverine Areas or all other related and floods affected Areas to migrate from such Environments/Areas to conducive and habitable environments for the safety of life and properties.”

She also said “to avert loss of lives and property, we urge the good people of Kwara to kindly get all necessary approvals before embarking on buildings of any kind, desist from building houses close to or on the waterways, heed flood warnings, stop dumping refuse along watercourses, desilting your surrounding drainage, stop open burning of refuse, plant trees, and to promptly alert the ministry on environmental issues around you as the Government is doing all that is possible within its resources to encourage sustainable living and provide sustainable relief for Kwarans within the environmental spaces.”

 

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Faruk Khalil
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Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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