The Kogi State Government has ordered the immediate evacuation of traders, shanties and temporary structures around the Nataco Junction axis of the Okene/Lokoja/Abuja Expressway in Lokoja following the flash floods that occurred there on Thursday (Today)
This is in continuation of the administration’s efforts to protect lives and property of citizens of the state as part of the sensitization program being carried out by the Kogi State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Hon. Commissioner, Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya, said the sensitization program, which began three months before the flooding season commenced, had ensured that, although certain parts of the state, including Lokoja, Igalamela, and Yagba East had experienced some flooding, no lives have been lost.
A statement by the State government and signed by Petra Akinti Onyegbule, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor said, ”We wish to implement this immediate evacuation to forestall further loss of valuables and possibly lives in our dear state. We are thankful for the cooperation of all the security agencies, Local Government and State Government emergency workers, all other stakeholders and the good people of Kogi State for helping to minimize the effect of the flash flood. You are the true heroes of this event.
”We also wish to call for the understanding of all travellers, both drivers and commuters, who use this road. The road is a major artery connecting the Northern and Southern of Nigeria, hence it is critical that we navigate the road carefully during this period and respect the men and women in uniform trying to keep traffic flowing as quickly as possible.
”The State Government also wishes to commensurate with residents, who have lost homes and possessions to the natural disaster.’
”Relief camps have been set up in the affected areas for temporarily displaced persons to take advantage of. Relief materials have also begun to arrive the locations. Donors and volunteers are also welcome.”