By Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo
Ilorin, Sept. 17, 2020 Kwara Government has pledged to support all the people displaced by flood in Pategi Local Government Area of the state.
The pledge was made by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq when he paid a sympathy visit to Etsu Nupe of Patigi, Alhaji Umar Bologi II, as well as people displaced by flood in Pategi domains.
Represented by his Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, AbdulRazaq told the monarch, who is the Vice Chairman of the State’s Traditional Council of Emirs and Chiefs in his palace, Pategi, that the state was on a sympathy visit to him and the people displaced by flood.
” I pledge the support of this administration to the farmers and other people displaced by the flood,” the governor said.
Addressing the people of Gbaradogi whose communities were submerged at the bank of river Niger, AbdulRazaq assured them that the government would give them necessary palliatives soon.
The governor, however, cautioned the riverine communities to be careful in their activities within their environment.
The monarch, in his remarks, expressed delight in the state government’s sympathy visit, saying it was the second within a week.
He, however, solicited relief materials for all those people whose property were destroyed by the flood.
The monarch also called for permanent solution to the incessant flooding that usually afflicted the riverine communities in his domain.
The Gbaradogi community leader, Mohammed Sado, who spoke through an interpreter in an interview with newsmen, appreciated the Kwara government’s visit but lamented the destruction that flooding had done to their community.
He said that all their houses, farms and means of livelihood were submerged, making them to suffer untold hardship.
He, therefore, appealed for the government intervention and assistance.
He equally appealed to the government to possibly relocate their community to a new site free of flooding.
Also speaking, Kpoto Jubril, a resident of the community, decried the hardship caused by the flood just as he appealed to the government to assist them.