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Reps call on Nigerian govt. to urgently address erosion hazards in affected states

The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to direct the Ecological Fund Office and other relevant agencies to embark on erosion and flood control in the affected streets and environs to avert extinction of those areas;

The resolution was passed following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Johnson Agbonayinma (PDP-Edo), who expressed displeasure over the perennial flooding ravaging Eke street, United Street, Eke lane and adjoining communities of Upper Sakponba Road, in Ikpoba-Okha L.G.A of Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency, Edo State.

Agbonayinma who argued that the areas are on the verge of being submerged a result of perennial flooding, explained that “vast portions of land cave into the flood, taking along with them, houses, properties and humans who are unaware of the immense danger the flood portends,” whenever there is heavy down pour.

To this end, the House urged National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to residents of the affected streets to alleviate their sufferings.

While ruling, Speaker Yakubu Dogara also mandated the joint Committees on Environment and Habitat to visit the erosion sites and make recommendations within eight weeks on measures towards ensuring a permanent solution to the menace.

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