The chairman of Lokoja Local Government Council, Hon. Aliyu Baba Usman, has called for an executive bill to the state House of Assembly, to make a law declaring all river banks as green areas following the lackadaisical approach by residence living around the river banks of Kogi state.
The Chairman stated this in a statement received by SavidNews Nigeria through Mohammad Bashir, Special Adviser on Media to Lokoja Local Government on Tuesday in Lokoja.
He said the law, if enacted will not only force people living around the river bank to relocate, but will further stop development of properties around the river.
According to Hon. Usman, the river banks when converted to green areas, will again bring out the beauty of the state, particularly Lokoja, the state capital.
“The idea of course would equally bring out the landscape of the state capital. People are very difficult to control with mere sensitisation, until there is a law enforcement to help them save their lives and properties. Can you imagine that despite the last year’s flood that ravaged houses, some people as I am talking to you are still developing their properties by the river banks.”
“Earlier in my welcome speech when the post flood committee led by the state Deputy Governor visited our local government for the post flood sensitization campaign, I did stated this in my recommendation and I sure the state government will look at this and take action,” he added.
Speaking on the preparation for the much predicted flood by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Hon. Usman said a Flood sinsitization committee that will be headed by him, will soon be innaugurated.
This committee, will embark on aggressive campaign to educate the people especially at the rural area of the need to relocate to the higher ground to avoid another loss of properties.
He therefore commended the state government for it prompt preparation against the coming flood.