From Francis Nansak,Lafia
Due to persistent problem of flooding in Nasarawa state as a result of its closeness to River Benue, stringent measures have been deployed to mitigate the challenges some residents who are settled within the areas are facing.
To this end, the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has disclosed that it will fix 4 gully erosion sites with N300million to mitigate the problem.
Nasarawa state Director of Flood ,Erosion Control and Land Reclamation, Mr Jonathan Kwaghkaha Ortoho, said plans have been perfected in tackling erosion at Umasha, in Toto,Loko, in Nasarawa, Rukubi,at Doma and Tunga in Awe local governments areas of the state.
According to him the funds will be channelled for purchasing of instruments that can dictate flooding in muddy water ,while part of the money will be used for installation of instruments and as well as training of those that can mann the instruments. He assured that in no distance time, the gullies at Udege Mbeki,Wamba and Awe(Vain1) caused by mining activities, way back in the 30s ,which are now death traps to residents living in that area, will be refilled.
“We have fully set our work plans on ground on how best to mitigate the various challenges that arise from climate change in the state, so once the funds are made available to us, the reclamation of the land will commence.
“Let me use this medium to thank our governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule for his support and commitment to ensuring that these challenges are dealt with once and for all.
“Towards mitigating erosion in the state, government have played it on part by paying up to N500million as counterpart funding,” he said.
Mr Jonathan explained that the activities of NEWMAP for sometimes now were documentation, but it has taken giant steps which are intended to mitigate flooding and erosion in Nasarawa state.
He said to fast track the process a 5 man committee was set up that will ensure quality by engaging qualified contractors.