'Dredging of River Benue is very important in addressing the flood' - President Buhari

Yesterday, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo represented President Buhari when he visited the Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) at the International Market camp in Makurdi over the recent flood in Benue State.

During the visit, the federal government promised to dredge River Benue and construct additional drainage systems to combat the menace of incessant flood being experienced in the state. 

'We need to look at a realistic solution to this problem, the dredging of River Benue is very important in addressing this flood issue and we will do something about it. The intention of the Federal Government is not just to assist flood victims but also to find ways of providing real opportunities to help Nigerians improve their standard of living' the president said.  

The state governor, Samuel Ortom, while welcoming the president, commended him for his prompt response and provision of relief materials to the flood victims.  He said that the state had received eight-truck load of relief materials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), adding that five were on the way.  He said Nasarawa State Government also donated four trucks of relief materials.  The governor commended the Nigerian Air force for the provision of healthcare system to the IDPs and other civil society groups for their various contributions as well.