Kogi Flood Management Committee has began marathon meetings with affected local government’s chairmen, traditional rulers and stakeholders in the flood affected areas of the state.
The commissioner for Environment, Mr Abdulraman Wuya,who represented the chairman of the committee,Mr Yomi Awoniyi at the meeting in lokoja on Monday.
He noted that the meeting was occasioned by the information the state gathered on the release of water from Jebba and Kainji Dams.
Wuya, called on all affected Council Chairmen, Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders to deliberate on the need to put finishing touches to the establishment of relief camps in the affected areas.
He stated that government would not tolerate non IDPs in the camp this year as it would take the issues of security seriously in the relief camps.
Wuya, called on people still living in flood prone areas to move to higher ground before the release of the water as their safety was no longer guaranteed.
He noted that Government had engaged town criers to sensitize people still living in flood prone areas.
He said that plans had already been concluded to stock all designated warehouses with food items, while other items to be purchased include mosquito nets, cooking utensils and personal care products that would be used by victims.
Wuya, noted that the State was working closely with NIMET, NEMA and the PHCN on the definite dates that the water would be released.
In his remark,The chairman Ibaji local government,Mr Stephen Ogu who spoke on behalf of the chairmen urged every affected persons to move away from flood prone areas.
He thanked the state government for all its assistance which was aimed at mitigating the suffering of the people of the state.