The Kwara state Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has paid an assessment tour to communities in Patigi Local government area of Kwara State that were affected by flood. At the palace of the Etsu Patigi, Governor Ahmed called on the federal government to help in dredging the river saying it will help a long way in reducing flood and improve economic lives of the people.
Governor Ahmed who described the effect of the flood as frightening, said the state cannot shoulder the responsibility alone and called on the federal government to provide succour for the affected communities.
In his remarks, Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta lamented that the people of his community have year in year out lost their means of livelihood due to flood. The Royal father said Patigi is the most affected in the state with about one hundred communities and thousands of hectares of farmland being submerged.
Governor Ahmed visited the Ferry Port area where communities and farmlands have been submerged in order to get first hand information on the devastating impact.
Also on ground was the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency represented by Director of Disaster, Risk Management and Reduction, Idris Mohammed who said the team’s mission is to work with Kwara State Emergency Management Agency to compile credible data that will be sent to National Emergency Operational Centre in Abuja to guide the federal government on how to provide short term succour to affected communities.