28 April 2021 By Sunny Adebija
The Federal Government has been urged to revisit the issue of the dredging of the River Niger and River Benue to address perennial flooding.
The Ohimege-Igu of Kotonkarfe Kingdom, Alhaji Abdulrazak Isa-Koto made the call when he played host to the Governing Council and Management team of the Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPPADEC, at his palace in Kogi Local Government Area of the State.
The Royal Father said dredging, creation of channels and mini dams would reduce flooding experienced yearly.
Chairman, Governing Council of HYPPADEC, Barrister Joseph Ityav said the team were on a familiarisation tour of communities usually affected by flood in the six states that make up the commission.
He said the mandate of the commission was to formulate policies and guidelines for development of hydro-electric power producing areas, initiate and implement programmes that would alleviate the sufferings of host communities where hydro-dams were located and also to tackle ecological menace caused by the over flow of the hydro-dams.
The team also visited the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yayaha Bello, the palace of the Maigari of Lokoja, Alhaji Muhammadu Kabir Maikarfi the Third and the National Inland Water Ways, NIWA, to solicit their support for the commission to realise its mandate and improve the standard of living of the people in the flood plains of rivers Niger and Benue.