Alhaji Yusuf Oseni, a Senatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi, has commended the Federal Government for its political will to find lasting solution to flood in the country.
Oseni, who is gunning for the Kogi central senatorial district seat, gave the commendation in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Wednesday.
NAN reports that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has declared national disaster in Niger, Kogi, Anambra and Delta States due to flood disaster thatn affected them.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N3 billion for the first stage of preparedness, response and disaster mitigation against the flood across the country.
Taraba, Adamawa, Kebbi, Edo, Rivers, Benue, Bayelsa and Kwara states are also under close monitoring among other measures.
Oseni said that “the flooding which has become a recurring decimal in many states, including Kogi, is giving one much concern. We all must rise to the occasion by providing solution to the menace.
NAN gathers that stakeholders under the coordination of NEMA had activated a National Contingency Plan, a policy document, which gives NEMA the power to establish operational structure.
Oseni said, “It is my prayer and hope that if elected, I will contribute immensely to the legislation in form of bills, motions among others in arresting the flood and its menace in kogi.“
The aspirant, who sympathised with flood victims in Kogi and other affected states, however, urged them to relocate to safe areas and desist from constructing buildings near rivers.
Oseni urged NEMA to enhance efforts in bringing relief materials for the victims of the disaster.