Having first-hand knowledge about flood and its ruination, Senator oduah spoke to her colleagues during a plenary session about eradicating this nation-wide menace. Hailing from an area where flood is no stranger, the senator reproved on this reoccurring annual economic and ecologic ravage.
The Senator recounted ordeals of how every season, flood displaced citizen have to be relocated from their homes, they actually being the lucky ones not to mention the lives annually recounted lost in communities due to the devastating effects of this flood. The collosal loss of property and livelihood by this avoidable disaster is not acceptable she added. Citing NEMA’s estimated financial national loss due to flooding of 2.6trillion naira from 2012 and money spent in every community post flood at 600 million, she called sternly for the implementation of definite resolution to this menace. Saying that these monies should have been utilized in building damns thus averting the crises from the onset. The senator called the attention of the Senate to the dislocation of families, worsened crises of internally displace persons and very troubling; the wide spread irreparable damage in various ecosystems across the impacted areas and how this flooding has introduced several strained vegetations that not only chokes the native flora but are usually very difficult to control. The flooding has caused permanent devastation on large stretches of land nation-wide she expressed, also attributing strange illnesses and diseases as an inevitable implication of this annual catastrophy.
In her speech, she urged the federal government to convey a stakeholders meeting to x-ray this reoccurring situation with a view to find a lasting solution to flood disasters and also emplored the federal ministry of water resources to revisit all proposed construction of damns.
The distinguished senator has commended NEMA and other relevant organizations and individuals whose effort has lead to the reduction of casualties caused by flood.