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Newly born baby found in Asa river in Ilorin

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The Kwara State government through the Fire Service Brigade has set out flood prevention and disaster risk reduction plans in Ilorin.

This is aimed at avoiding the deadly flood and disasters that may hit the city in the coming weeks.

Director of the Kwara state Fire service brigade, Abdulwaheed Yakub has warned that the city will be open to distortion of movement and overflow of the river if keen attention is not taken with more heavy rain expected over the coming weeks.

During the process of Evacuating dirts and all sorts of harmful device to prevent the river from over Flowing, a new born baby was found by the men of the fire service brigade who couldn’t hide their dissatisfaction towards the series of unwanted things found.

Mr Abdulwaheed condemned in strong words that settlers and citizens should desist from dumping refuse in the river and urged all Kwarans, especially those residents in flood-prone areas, to observe these warnings and safety tips to minimize casualties in event of future flooding.

“It’s highly pathetic that people dump all sort of things inside the river to the extent of dumping a new born baby. A baby some have been searching for”.

While responding to the threat of further floods, Mr Abdulwaheed confirmed the fire service brigade on their part has started evacuating all dirts and debris in the river to compliment the state government resolve to ease the ugly situation.

The Director further called on the state government to provide adequate equipments to help the agency in their bid to tackle the situation, stating they’ve been made to improvise so as to reduce or keep the city away from risk.

Mr Yakub advise
that Drastic steps are necessary if government are to permanently address this perennial problem, agigating that all related agencies in charge of environment, Planning and security must join hands together and also intensify efforts to stop or minimize the dumping of refuse at critical areas.

Recall the recent floods has left some trapped in traffic chaos, and also destroyed facilities and washed buildings in the area.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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Kwara seeks FG’s special intervention over ecological problem

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Kwara State Government on Sunday called on the Federal Government to give special consideration to the state to address ecological challenges confronting it, especially the yearly flooding arising from the overflow of the River Niger and Asa River.

Asa river bridge along Abdulwahab Folawiyo road, Ilorin

“People of Kwara State have suffered greatly from ecological problems linked to yearly overflowing of these rivers and it is only fair for the state to be considered for special palliatives to fix damaged infrastructure and economic lives of our people and mitigate the effects on the affected communities,” Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Isiaka Al-Amin, told a news briefing on Sunday in Ilorin, the state capital.

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The news briefing followed a sensitisation tour of flood-prone areas in the state by a committee set up by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. The interministerial committee, chaired by Al-Amin, was set up as part of government’s efforts to lessen the impact of flooding in the state.

Al-Amin said the yearly overflow of the River Niger has cut off communities, destroyed farmlands and displaced thousands of people across the state, calling on the Federal Government to consider urgent dredging of the River to end the perennial flooding.

He also called for urgent completion of the channelisation of the Asa River to curtail the yearly flooding in the state, especially in the Kwara Central Senatorial District.

“While it has become pertinent to strengthen high-level advocacy and sensitisation to educate our teeming population to vacate riverine areas pending when the rain subsides, we wish to place it on record that this is an ecological problem which requires urgent and enduring solution. It is on that note that we call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency consider the dredging of the River Niger to end the perennial flooding and destruction of properties in communities bordering it,” he said.

“Moreover, our people are advised to always remain where they are during a suspected heavy downpour.  Meanwhile, it has been approved that outstanding fertilisers meant for farmers be distributed immediately to enhance their farm products.”

Al-Amin said the committee has succeeded in getting some flood-prone communities to relocate temporarily to facilities provided by the government, commending the traditional and thoughts leaders for their support in the campaign.

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Residents appeal to Kwara govt for electricity transformer

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Residents of Oke-Foma phase III in the Ilorin West local government area of Kwara State has appealed to the state government to assist the community with transformer in order to curb the current power outage affecting them.
ROYAL NEWS gathered that the community which is composed of no fewer than 3000 households is in total blackout for some months.
A statement signed by stakeholders in the community, Hon. Tunde Mohammed and Hon. Ologbomoso,  appealed for government’s quick intervention towards solving the menace of erratic power supply in the community.
He however disclosed that efforts have been made in the past towards intimating appropriate government agencies in the past in order to facilitate replacement of the faulty transformer in earnest.
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