Akume harps on Tinubu’s commitment to address flooding, gully erosion

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, Friday reaffirmed the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to tackle the array of challenges confronting Nigeria, notably the persistent environmental havoc wreaked by flooding and gully erosion.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Idye Flood Control/Dyke Project in Nyman, Makurdi-Benue state’s capital, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Professor Terlumun Utsev, who represented the SGF, described the efforts to rectify the longstanding environmental damage as an arduous task.
The SGF lauded the unwavering dedication of the National Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission’s (N-HYPPADEC) Management Committee in their quest to remediate environmental degradation.
He highlighted that N-HYPPADEC’s initiatives to foster sustainable community growth in Nigeria’s hydropower regions resonate with President Tinubu’s aspiration for an industrialized nation.

“The president envisions a scenario where hydropower facilities can supply sufficient electricity without adversely affecting the quality of life for the communities residing in these areas,” he said.

“The flood control project, which marks one of the Commission’s preliminary measures, aims to counteract ecological damage and encourage enduring development within the nation’s riverine communities,” he added.
The Managing Director of N-HYPPADEC, Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa, acknowledged the extensive attempts by previous administrations at both federal and state levels to manage the flood crisis and lessen its detrimental effects on the populace and environment.
He revealed that the federal government had previously allocated approximately N700 million to the Idye Basin flood control initiative in Makurdi, which yielded limited success.
Similarly, the Benue state Deputy Governor, Sam Ode, praised the federal government’s efforts to mitigate the catastrophic impact of flooding in the state.

He recounted the long-standing plight of Makurdi’s residents and those in other Benue localities, who have faced recurrent floods that have ravaged homes and agricultural lands, displacing countless families.