Don’t live under the big trees- Awoniyi to Kogi people
The deputy governor of Kogi State, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, has advised people in the state against living under big trees as rainfall becomes more intense in Lokoja and its environs.
In a statement issued by his press secretary, Mr Michael Abu, yesterday in Lokoja, Awoniyi also advised the residents to either cut the trees or stay away from them.
The statement said the advice followed damages caused by recent downpour in Lokoja and environs.
“The deputy governor also directed the residents to clear drainage and other obstacles to allow the free flow of water to avoid flood.
“He also called on the residents to either strengthen weak electric poles or report the case to the necessary authorities for appropriate action to avoid electrocution,’’ it added.
The statement quoted the deputy governor as saying that the state government wanted such measures so as to prevent damage to properties or loss of lives during the rainy season.
“Awoniyi urged people still living in flood-prone areas to evacuate their properties as there were plans to release water from the Kainji and Jebba dams,’’ it said.