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Kogi State Government has ordered the immediate evacuation of the traders, shanties and temporary structures around the Nataco Junction axis of the Lokoja-Abuja expressway in Lokoja following the flash floods that occurred on Thursday.
According to the Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor, Petra Akinti, the action is in continuation of the government’s efforts to protect lives and properties of the citizens of the state.
“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.
“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”, she said.
Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya, said her ministry embarked on sensitization program about three months before the flooding season commenced. She noted that while certain parts of the state, including Lokoja, Igalamela, and Yagba East had experienced some flooding, no lives have been lost.
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