Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, made the appeal, when he inspected the rising level of the River Niger, which he disclosed was above normal, but was not enough to cause fear.
Awoniyi, warned against building on water ways and on flood plains, insisting that government at the appropriate time will pull down such buildings .
The Deputy Governor who was represented in the inspection by the Commissioner for Environment, Tayo Aremu, appealed to those living by the River Niger to be sensitive, vigilant and to exercise all necessary caution to avoid a repeat of the 2012 flood that destroyed properties and loss of lives.
Awoniyi assured that while government is in constant touch with the Dam operators in the country, efforts he added is also on to alert the people in the event of any plan to release water from the Dams.
Awoniyi assured that the state government is fully prepared with all its agencies placed on red alert to tackle any flood if it occurs, but prayed that the state will never experience the 2012 episode of flooding again.
Awoniyi however urged the people not to ignore the warnings of government to always build on higher ground and to move on to higher plains in the event of the continuous receding of the waters, disclosing that once beating, the state government is twice shy as it is not ready for another harrowing experience.
Areas visited by the Deputy Governor include, Ganaja, Gadumo,Confluence Beach and Adankolo New layout areas, with the resident living close to the river asked to maintain vigilance.