Flood sacks Kogi Assembly members from their quarters


The floodwaters that are destroying Kogi State have ejected members of the House of Assembly.

It had previously reported that nine local government areas in Kogi State—Lokoja, Kogi-Koto, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Igalamela-Odolu, Bassa, Idah, Ibaji, and Omala—had been affected by flooding.

Findings made public on Tuesday showed that the floods wreaking havoc in Kogi State and other regions of the nation have not yet subsided as the water level rises daily.

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More homes have been looted as a result along the Benue and Niger rivers, especially in the metropolis of Lokoja, which is currently thought to be the epicentre.
Our correspondent’s visit to the Kogi State House of Assembly Quarters along Ganaja road this morning shows that the quarter has been totally submerged, and many of the members have relocated to an undisclosed camp within the metropolis.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker’s residence within the quarters have been taken over by the flood forcing the latter to move out.

Efforts to speak with people seen around the area proved abortive as many of them were afraid of speaking.

Some of the members who didn’t want their names in print were not happy that the Governor did not bother to visit their quarters for an on-spot assessment as he did at Old Market and other areas within Lokoja.

They stressed that the Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Victor Omofaiye, who was once their colleague, did not also bother about their plight.

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Other areas visited like Ganaja village, Adankolo, and Old Market remains the same as the water level keeps increasing and not showing any sign of subsiding.

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