By Danladi Al-Hassan
A committee set up by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State on flooding in the state has appealed to the Federal Government to give special consideration to the state to address the ecological challenge.
Alhaji Isiaka Al-Amin, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said the yearly overflow of the River Niger had cut off communities, destroyed farmlands and displaced thousands of people across the state, calling on the Federal Government to consider an urgent dredging of the river to end the perennial flooding.
The committee had earlier undertaken a sensitisation tour of flood-prone areas in the state. The inter-ministerial committee, chaired by Al-Amin, was set up to lessen the impact of flooding in the state.
He also called for urgent completion of the channelisation of the Asa River to curtail the yearly flooding in the state, especially in the Kwara Central Senatorial District.