By Wole Mosadomi
Minna – Dr. Muâ€™azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state towards solving the numerous ecological disastersÂ affectingÂ the State.
He cited the Muregi and Akare Communities among others as areas that are associated with ecological problems occasioned by the frequent flooding of River Kaduna.
The Governor who was speaking at Dutsen Kura Hausa ward in Minna, the state capital where about twelve residential houses were flooded as a result of heavy downpour saidÂ the State Government had for the past two years drawn the attention of the Federal Government to the ecological problems ravaging the State but without any assistance.
He said the State Government has taken steps on its own to arrest the situation but that it will need the full assistance of the Federal Government to completely tackle the problem.
Governor Aliyu who visited each of the family affected to sympathize with them over the loss directed the State Emergency Management Agency to collate the numbers of those affected and assist them immediately.
The governor also directed the Agency to investigate the causes of the perennial flooding in the area and come out with a lasting solution.
Dr. Aliyu however, called the attention of people of the area to the construction of illegal structures in the area saying. â€œWhen we started pulling down illegal structures in the State, the action was politicized and people labeled us to be wicked but we can all see the effects nowâ€.
Ward Head of the area, Malam Haruna Salisu decried the flooding which he said was now becoming an annual problem and called on the State Government to come to their assistance immediately.
He disclosed that the community on its own has identified lack of drainage network in the area adding that the project is above the financial capability of the community hence the call on the State Government to come to their aid.