91% Of Benue Communities Facing Ecological Challenges - Ortom
Benue State has recorded unprecedented floods and the Governor says 91% of local governments are in dire need of solutions to ecological challenges.
Help is coming to the communities that have been taken over by flood.
At least 21 local governments areas in the state out of 23 are facing ecological challenges.
Governor Samuel Ortom gave the figure at a meeting with Minister of State for the Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, who visited the state on the President’s directive.
He decried the level of devastation caused by flood and other environmental shortfalls.
The governor said that the ecological challenges range from collapsed bridges, culverts, destruction of roads, farmlands and houses.
Erosion has ravaged communities in Guma, Makurdi, Tarka, Gboko, Obi, Otukpo, Ukum, Kastina-Ala and other areas.
River Benue and River Kastina-Ala are blessings to the state, popularly referred to as the food basket of the nation, but according to the governor, there is need for the Rivers to be dredged to control flooding.
“We are really handicapped with the situation. We need funds to build massive waters channels and big drains for uninterrupted water flow to River Benue.
“We want to assure the Federal Government that every fund given to the state would be judiciously used in addressing the flood and environmental challenges,’’ Ortom said.
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