Lokoja Flood: Water Board To Shut Down Water Station

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The Kogi State Water Board is considering shutting down the Lokoja water station as a result of the threat posed to the facilities by flood, arising from the over flow of the River Niger.

The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Barrister Hadiza Onotu, disclosed this, yesterday, in Lokoja when she paid a visit to the station.

The station manager, Mr. Yu Keem, who conducted the commissioner round the water installation, posited that the flood was already threatening to remove the pumping machine panel, as well as the bridge, pointing out that if the station was not shutdown, the high pressure from the flood might cause a greater damage to the entire station.

Responding, the commissioner expressed fear over a possible epidemic out break should the station be shut down since the residents of the metropolis and its environs might be compelled to look for alternative sources of water for consumption and for other domestic uses.

She, therefore, directed that the board should pump water into the two reservoir tanks as a precautionary measure to tackle the water problem that might confront the residents.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people have been displaced following daily flood that was gradually submerging houses in the ancient town.

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