The Senator Representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Iya Abbas, has called for the dredging of River Benue and construction of Dasin Hausa Dam to check the devastating effects of flooding on communities along the banks in the state.
Senator Iya Abbas who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Science, Technology and Innovations made the call while speaking on an existing motion on the floor of the Nigerian Senate last week on the need to provide lasting solution on flood in about seven local government areas of Adamawa state.
The lawmaker who said the dredging of River Benue by the Federal Government became necessary to check the colossal damage usually associated to flooding in the affected communities which include Furore, Yola North, Yola South, Girei in Adamawa Central and Numan, Lamurde and Demsa in Adamawa South.
According to him, the affected LGAs reside along the bank of River Benue, and that whenever the authorities of Cameron Republic releases water from Lagdo Dam couple with rainfall, the river will overflow and cause flooding.
He lamented that the natural disaster claims several lives and destroy property annually, saying that the only solution to recurrent flooding is the dredging of River Benue and the timely construction of Dasin Hausa Dam
Senator Abbas narrated the ordeal of the victims of the annual flooding, and urged the Federal Government to embark on dredging of River Benue to permanently address the problem