108 Senators sponsor motion on floods, call for meeting with Cameroon

People walk on a flooded road at Okokomaiko in Ojo district of Lagos, on May 31, 2017. A torrential rainfall has left many homes, shops and roads flooded in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

OrderPaperToday- The entire Senate, excluding its president, Bukola Saraki, has sponsored a motion concerning the recent spate of floods plaguing the country.

While speaking on the motion, the lead sponsor, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano) revealed that 34 states have so far been affected by dangerous floods. The ravaged states include: Kebbi, Cross River, Enugu, Kwara, Lagos, Imo, Kogi. Ondo, Jigawa, Taraba, Rivers, Katsina, Gombe, lmo, Bauchi, Akwa lbom, Ogun, Anambra, Niger, Katsina, and Kwara.

Other states are: Adamawa, Edo, Kano, Benue, Delta, Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Enugu, Nasarawa, Bayelsa and Osun and Kano.

“In the last three decades, the impacts of flooding have increasingly assumed from significant to threatening proportions, resulting in loss of lives and properties. Though detailed statistics are not available regarding the losses sustained by the urban dwellers and flood victims, it is obvious from the available records that irreparable losses have been sustained by the citizens of Nigeria due to what has become [a] perennial natural disaster in our cities,” Gaya said.

He further explained that the recurring annual floods in Nigeria is linked to the release of flood waters from various dams, resulting in the unfortunate loss of property and livelihood, with NEMA estimating the loss at over 2.6 trillion Naira.

Senator Gaya added that these floods have worsened the crisis for Internally Displaced Persons, damaged the ecosystem and resulted in the permanent devastation of vast stretches of arable land.

The Senate in its resolutions called on the Federal Government to convene a stakeholders meeting in collaboration with the Government of Cameroon to examine the recurring situation with the view to proffering a lasting solution to flood disasters.

While speaking on the floods, the red chamber urged NEMA to send relief materials to the affected victims in Kano State and other states of the federation. Additionally, Senators urged the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to rehabilitate existing dams and dredge waterways to enable them function properly.

Also, the Upper Chamber resolved to set up an ad-hoc Committee comprising of the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Senate Committees on Ecology and Water Resources to recommend lasting solutions to the issue of flooding.

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