Flooding: Kwara Rep member mulls bill on dredging of River Niger

The member of the House of Representatives for Edu/Moro/Patigi Federal Constituency, Dr Ahmed Adamu Saba, has revealed his plan to sponsor a bill on the dredging of the River Niger as a means of addressing the perennial flooding issues in the riverine communities .

He said the legislative framework would be presented on the floor of the lower chamber of the National Assembly as soon as it is ready.

In the interim however, the legislator disclosed that he would raise a motion on the matter with a view to helping to minimize the adverse effects of the recurrent flood disaster.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Ilorin Friday, Saba, who is a member of the House Committee on Appropriation, said the dredging of River Niger was crucial to save lives and belongings of rural dwellers, who are mostly farmers.

He noted that the dredging of the river would not only benefit Kwara residents along the riverbed but also those in Kogi, Anambra, Delta and Kebbi states, calling for quick action on the project.

“We sat recently at our geopolitical zone caucus meeting where we discussed about the dredging of River Niger. Very soon, we will sponsor a bill or move a motion to make it faster on the floor of the House.

“We know very well that the dredging of the river is part of campaign promises of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to our people. The dredging of the river, we know, is going to stop the recurrence of the annual flooding.

“In another way, we are thinking of meeting with the stakeholders that use River Niger. Like BUA Sugar Company, Lafiagi; Nigeria Sugar Company, Bacita; Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Sugar Council.

“So, very soon, I want to call the stakeholders’ meeting about it. That bridge of River Niger is not only in Kwara, Kogi and Kebbi States. We know that parts of Anambra, Delta and other places are also inclusive in the river. We are trying to discuss how cost effective the dredging will be. So, there will be a bill or a motion as soon as possible for the dredging of the river”, the legislator said.