Governor Samuel Ortom wants the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Benue State flood disaster to impress on the Federal Government to dredge River Benue.
He made the appeal when the Ad-hoc committee led by Senator David Umaru paid him a courtesy call at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, the Governor who lamented that the shallowness of the River aggravated the flooding of the state following persistent rainfall said its dredging would put an end to the recurring flooding.
Governor Ortom also appealed to the Federal Government to include Benue among states that would benefit from the money approved for the Federal Ministry of Environment to assist states tackle ecological problems.
He maintained that as part of measures to reduce the impact of flooding, especially in Makurdi metropolis, the state Government has set up a committee that is working towards finding alternative locations for people who have erected structures on water ways.
The Governor who informed the Senate ad-hoc committee that the flood affected over one hundred people in twenty one Local Government Areas expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate President Bukola Saraki for their prompt response to the situation.
Earlier, the Chairman Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Benue State Flood Disaster, Senator David Umaru who said the committee was put together to look into the flood situation, commended the Benue State Government for acting swiftly to resettle those that were affected.
Correspondent Terna Injua reports that Senator Umaru expressed concern over the recurring flood disaster across the country and urged Government at all levels to take proactive measures, structural and non structural, to stop the disaster.