By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Worried by perennial flooding and its devastating effects during raining season across the state, the Kwara State House of Assembly has directed the state Physical Planning Authority to stop construction of buildings on waterways across the state.
This is part of the Resolutions of the House, while considering a Motion titled: “Mitigating the Effects of Flooding in Riverine Areas in Kwara State”, moved by member representing Ojomu/Balogun Constituency, Prince Saheed Popoola and co sponsored by members representing Afon and Edu Constituencies, Hons. Aliyu Abdulwahab Opakunle and Ndamusa Mohammed Guyegi respectively.
The Speaker, Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, while reading the resolutions of the House, expressed displeasure over non implementation of the existing laws and enjoined the House Committees on Health and Environment, Land Housing and Urban Regional Planning to change the narratives by ensuring proper monitoring and implementation of the laws,to ensure permanent solutions of the problem.
Engr. Salihu who enjoined the Clerk to the House, Hajia Halimat Jummai Kperogi, to acquinct members with copies of the State Emergency Management Agency and the State Environmental Protection Agency Laws, for possible amendment to meet contemporary challenges, equally advocated the establishment of Area offices of the 2 Agencies provided by the law, in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state to address flood problem across the state.
The House, according to the Speaker, also directed all the 16 Local Government Councils to rise up to their statutory responsibility of constructing drainages, while the State Government according to him should open up more roads to mitigate the devastating effects of flooding across the state.
The legislature also urged the state government to commence the process of resettlement plan for all riverine communities in the state, to ensure an enduring solution to the perennial problem.
Other members who spoke on the Motion, identified causes, places affected and measures that should be put in place in proffering enduring solution to flooding across the state.