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Governor of Niger State orders the demolition of structures along water channels

The State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has directed the demolition of all structures built on water-ways in major towns of the State.

The Governor gave the directive when he visited communities affected by flood disaster for a piece of first-hand information and to commiserate with the deceased families as well as Suleja Emirate.

Areas affected by the disaster include Anguwar Gwari, Almadeenat, Poulosa, Rafin Sanyi, Madalla, BJY Kwanba, Double Tee area, and Anguwar Kuyanbana among others.

The record shows that nine (9) persons are still missing, with seven (7) injured where a total of 431 houses including a school and a place of worship are affected.

A family of six lost four (4) of its Six (6) Children to the flood at Anguwan Gwari.

The Governor who described the incident as unfortunate noted that people are indulged in the habit of building on water-ways indiscriminately not minding the dangers involved, adding that water will always find its way no matter how long it takes.

He appealed to the people of the State to Corporate and support the Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agencies as well as the Local Government Authority when they are out to enforce the directive of identifying houses on water channels.

Also, residents will be relocated to safer places with the view to demolishing the houses to avoid recurrence of the disaster.

Meanwhile, the government has outlined measures to avoid a reoccurrence of the disaster to include the evacuation of refuse and desilting of water channels, expansion of culverts, and opening up of alternative roads among others.

It was an atmosphere of deep emotions when Governor Abubakar Sani Bello commiserated with victims of the disaster as they are still counting their losses.

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