Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Saturday appealed to the Federal Government to dredge River Benue to tackle the perennial flood in the state permanently.

Ortom made the plea in an interview with newsmen shortly after inspecting the flooded areas in Makurdi.

“Dredging of River Benue remains the best option to curtail flooding in the state.

“If the river is dredged, the perennial challenge of flooding in the state will be tackled permanently,” he said.

He called on National Assembly members representing the state to liaise with the Federal Government with a view to getting the river dredged.

The governor advised people to desist from building on waterways, saying that it was causing more harm than good.

He also warned people that built without getting approval from Urban Development Board (UDB) to desist forthwith.

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He emphasised that any building in the state that did not have approval would be pulled down and no compensation would be paid to the owners.

Ortom said that the state government through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) would make adequate arrangement to provide a temporary shelter for the people that would be displaced.

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