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Kogi Flooding: GYB Remobilize Ceezali Back On Construction Site

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The Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has remobilized contractors back to site in order to curb menace of flooding.

As result of climate change, flooding has continue to ravaged many communities in Kogi State. adsbygoogle || []). push({});

Since 2012 attempts at mitigating this major effect has not been yielding the desired impact. Contracts awarded in this regard were merely addressing symptoms instead of treatment.

Hence, it was a jubilant occassion when the GYB led administration remobilized contractor Ceezali Nig Limited to site to continue the abandoned embankment work on the marine road through kpata market Lokoja to provide protection for the state capital against the flooding threat.

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The project that was flag-off by the State Commissioner for works and housing Engr Dr. Abubakar Ohere FNSE, saw his counterpart in environment, Chief Victor Omofaye in attendance.

Engr Ohere during the flagging-off ceremony commended the political will of His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, describing his proactive consciousness as unprecedented.

The project that is fully funded by the state Government is expected to progress steadily to completion.

“His Excellency, had put necessary measures in place to explore effective urban planning, developmental control, drainage designs, dredging, construction of drainage channels and environmental education to mitigate all climate change -induced problems confronting the state.” Ohere said.

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He further stressed that, “Government had equally embarked on massive de-silting of drains, clearing of culverts with identification of black spots, We will continue to reap the gains of planning, as the flood control measures in the state had been stepped up to contain any unforeseen weather condition, adding that relevant measures had been put in place to mitigate any unforseen circumstances.”

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See States Affected As NiMet Predicts 3-day Sunshine, Cloudiness From Today

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudiness and sunshine from Monday 31st July, 2023 to Wednesday 2nd August, 2023.

NiMet weather outlook released on Sunday 30th July, 2023  in Abuja forecast cloudy skies on Monday 31st July, 2023 with intervals of sunshine over the northern region with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Katsina, and Yobe states. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“Thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states.

“Cloudy atmosphere is expected over the North central region with prospects of morning rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Kwara states.

“Later in the day, thunderstorms with intermittent rains are anticipated over the entire region,” it said.

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According to NiMet, cloudy atmosphere is expected over the inland states of the South and the coastal states with prospects of morning rains over parts of Imo, Edo, Ondo, Rivers and Bayelsa states.

It anticipated thunderstorms with intermittent rains over the entire region later in the day.
The agency envisaged prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, and Yobe states in the northern region on Tuesday.

“Later in the day, cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are anticipated over the entire region.

“Cloudy atmosphere is expected over the North central region with prospects of morning rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory and Niger state.

“During the afternoon/evening period, thunderstorms and intermittent rains are envisaged over parts of Benue, Kogi and Nasarawa states. Morning rains are anticipated over the inland states of the South and the coastal cities,” it said.

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NiMet predicted cloudy skies over the entire region later in the day.

According to NiMet, cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are expected over the northern region on Wednesday.

It anticipates thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states later in the day.

“Cloudy skies with sunshine intervals are envisaged over the North central region with chances of thunderstorms/rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory and Plateau state during the afternoon/evening period.

“Cloudy skies are anticipated over the inland cities of the South in the morning
while rains are anticipated over the coastal cities.

“Later in the day, intermittent rains are anticipated over the entire region. All Airline operators are advised to avail themselves of weather reports/alerts periodically from NiMet for effective planning for their operations.

“Moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash floods. The public is advised to take necessary caution, avoid driving and walking through flood waters.

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“Disaster risk managers, agencies and individuals should be proactive, to avert loss of lives and property during the rainy season,” it said. 

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Traumatised Ibadan Residents Raise Alarm As Street beggers Take Over Streets

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Inhabitants of the capital city of Oyo state, Ibadan have raised the alarm over the rate at which beggars are taking over major roads in the city, disrupting free flow of traffic and traumatising road users.

Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday accused the state government of not doing enough to rid the city of the beggars. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

NAN reports that aside the usual sight of the physically-challenged beggars, diseased and able-bodied persons are now joining the beggars’ trade.

Dr Mofoluwaso Olajide, a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Oral Pathology, Lagos State University College of Medicine, said that the society should not encourage diseased individuals-turned-beggars.

According to Olajide, this category of beggars, whom she described as exploiters, have seen their ailments as meal tickets and will, therefore, refuse help to have them cured or treated.

She recounted her experience with a couple of people in this category and how they had declined help to be cured when such an offer was handed out to them.

Olajide described the trauma being created by such people in the minds of the residents of the metropolis, especially children, as they parade themselves on major roads.

“This is in most of our cities like Lagos and Ibadan. It is quite common and this is a wake-up call to the state government, through the Social Welfare Department, to pick up people like that and put them in institutions that could determine who actually needed medical help.

“The economic situation in the country is not helping matters, as lots of people are living below the poverty line and they are using everything, including disabilities, to keep their body and soul together,” she said.

According to the dentist, a false impression to want to get out of the condition is created, but what people need is money to feed, which is the basic need of life.

“The way to go about it is not to use this condition to harass people on the road,” she said.

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She emphasised the need to save the children from being psychologically affected when suddenly exposed to this set of beggars.

In his view, a teacher, Mr Akintomiwa Fadeyi, described street begging, particularly in the 21st century, as an eyesore which had made Ibadan city more ancient.

Fadeyi described the menace as irritating and one capable of discouraging foreign investors from coming to the state.

“From my observation, the Oyo State government lacks the political will to bring an end to the menace.

“Street begging has been made a booming industry by some powerful elements and the present governor appears to have no solution to it.

“I know that this same government built a place for the beggars at Moniya. However, the same government has failed to monitor or enforce its order on them.

“There is a strong reason for one to conclude that there are some people somewhere who have contracted some vulnerable people to engage in the shameful trade and share the proceeds with them.

“Imagine, many of these beggars even go as far as obstructing traffic to beg from drivers and passengers,” Fadeyi said.

He identified Odo-Ona, New Garrage, Orita-Challenge, Molete, Oja-Oba, Beere and Iwo-Road as some of the areas in Ibadan with large population of beggars.

Fadeyi stated that some ‘high-class’ beggars go as far as rejecting lower naira denominations, such as N20 and N10 notes.

Similarly, Mr Kayode Akinola, a resident of Iwo-Road community, said it was frustrating that the biggest city in Nigeria had been neglected to the extent of it becoming a haven for beggars.

Akinola, a computer engineer, said that as consequences, street begging could perpetuate a cycle of dependency, leading to long-term social issues.

“It may also contribute to the stigmatisation and marginalisation of individuals who have resorted to begging.

“Economically, street begging often indicates lack of economic opportunities, poverty and inequality.

“It can also affect the overall economic productivity of the city, as resources are redirected toward addressing the immediate needs of beggars rather than long-term solutions,” he said.

The computer scientist frowned at the cultural stumbling block being constituted by the street beggars.

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“Culturally, street begging can challenge the cultural norms because it is against our practice in this part of the world to make a living out of begging,” he said.

Another resident, Mr Rotimi Famakin, says it is appalling that beggars are taking over the streets of Mokola, Sango, Agbowo, UI and Ojoo, all in Ibadan.

He expressed the regret over the situation whereby teenagers were being systematically lured into taking drugs and engaging in premature sex through street begging.

According to him, most of the beggars may not be conscious of whatever evil intentions those offering them money or food may have concerning them.

“Most of the time, the ingredients that form part of the offering to the beggars, such as money, honey and other strange objects, are suspicious and indicative that they may mean something else other than charity.

“The menace of street begging under the Mokola roundabout bridge is even so worrisome that both the old and young engage in physical combats whenever the giver splashes such money and food on them.

“In fact, I usually see able-bodied men and women chancing or cheating the physically-challenged beggars by snatching their shares of offering from them.

“Worst still, I see parents who take their little children on the begging business, while they take the back seat somewhere, watching as their children approach different people for money,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state government has assured the people of ongoing efforts to rehabilitate all the street beggars in Ibadan and other cities in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mr Sulaiman Olanrewaju, gave the assurance while speaking with NAN.

According to Olanrewaju, government will not send non-indigene beggars back to their respective states, as the law permits every Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.

“These people are Nigerians and they have the right to reside here (Ibadan). However, the only problem is that they are now constituting nuisance to the society through their activities.

“Government will ensure that they don’t cause problems for us here.

“So what we are doing now is to ensure that we make it impossible for street beggars, who will be moved to the rehabilitation centre at Akinyele, to escape back to the streets to beg for alms.

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“Government is even planning that as many of them who are of school age are returned to school,” he said.

The chief press secretary assured that the rehabilitation centre would be made conducive for the beggars, with facilities such as water, electricity, sleeping rooms, perimeter fencing of the centre and other things.

“We will ensure that the centre is well-monitored to guard against people escaping from there.

“So, once they are taken back to the centre, there won’t be any reason for them to return to the streets,” he said.

He reiterated the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration’s plan to upgrade the lifestyle of the state during his second term.

“The Makinde-led administration is determined to ensure that the state has an environment that is attractive for investors and conducive for healthy living.

“The state cannot have that kind of environment if we have street beggars and people dumping refuse on the roads,” he said.

Source: NAN

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Flooding: NEMA Gives Alert To Kogi Residents In Flood Prone Areas To Relocate

As the Federal Government has given an assurance to mitigate the effects of the looming flooding across the country, Kogi residents in flood prone areas have been advised to relocate to high ground for their safety. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Already government has commenced preparation of Internally Displaced People’s Camps (IDPs) for those that are likely to be affected in the event of the predicted flooding.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has therefore, alerted people living in flood proned areas in Kogi State to move to higher planes to avoid the possible flood that may accompany heavy rains in the coming weeks as predicted.

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The agency’s Head of Abuja Area Operation Office in Kogi, Mr Bitrus Samuel, gave the advice in Lokoja during a sensitisation campaign for people living in flood proned communities in the state.

He asked the people to start packing their personal effects as the country would soon start experiencing heavy rainfall as predicted by the relevant government agencies.

Samuel urged them to form themselves into groups to respond to the flood and identify nearby highlands that they can relocate to in case of flood to minimise loss of lives and property.

He warned the people against resisting relocation in their own interest, saying that camps were already being prepared for those of them that would be displaced.

Also speaking at the event, Mr Julius Mejiyan, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Mangement Agency (SEMA), said that nine local government areas in the state were proned to flood disaster.

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He identified the local government areas as Lokoja, Kogi Bassa, Ibaji, Ajaokuta, Omala, Olamaboro, Ofu and Idah saying that the sensitisation campaign would be taken to the nooks and crannies of the council areas.

Mejiyan also said that internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps were also being prepared in readiness for the floods.

He added that the state government was not leaving anything to chance as far as the impending flood disaster was concerned.

Leaders of the various communities visited pledged to support the exercise by spreading the message to other residents in their communities.

The Head of Sarki Noma, Alhaji Bala Namama and the Madaki of Achanyi Adankolo , Malam Sidi Ali, said that flood disaster had become a yearly occurrence in their communities .

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They pleaded with federal and state governments to come to their aid by constructing drainage channels to reduce the impact of the flood on their communities.

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