by Stanley Azuakola
As the nation continues to grapple with the disastrous floods that have disrupted lives in various parts of the nation, two federal cabinet ministers paid a courtesy call on the Gov. Of Kogi State, Idris Wada on Monday. Kogi is one of the states which has been worst hit by the floods.
The two ministers who visited are those of works, Mike Onolememen and environment, Hadiza Mailafa.
At that meeting, Onolememen disclosed that the FG has directed three construction companies to free the submerged Lokoja-Abuja Road from flooding within three days.
The minister said the president was deeply touched by the flooding in Kogi because it affected key national structures and threatened the link between the northern and southern parts of the country.
“We are here on the behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan; he has been deeply touched by the sufferings of Nigerians affected by the flood; it is a national emergency. It has touched on key national infrastructure because the Abuja-Lokoja highway accounts for 70% of traffic between the north and south,’’ Onolememen said.
He further disclosed that he brought the managing directors of three construction companies namely Julius Berger, RCC and Dantata and Sawoe and their teams to assess the impact and address the situation.
He described the flooding as unprecedented. “We have additional two-metre rise in water level; we have conducted air reconnaissance and we are sure to redress the logjam within the next few days.’’
On her part, Hajia Hadiza Mailafia, the Minister of Environment, urged the people to always obey simple environmental laws.