NIMASA board chair­man lauds FG over River Benue’s dredg­ing

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From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The Chair­man, Gov­ern­ing Board of the Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA), re­tired Maj. Gen. Jonathan In­dia Garba, has lauded the fed­eral govern­ment over its plan to dredge River Benue, to tackle peren­nial flood­ing that has over the years wreaked havoc across com­mu­ni­ties in the state.

Garba, in a state­ment is­sued by his me­dia aide, Mr Adakole Ejeg­budu, thanked Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, for his prompt re­sponse to the re­cent flood­ing in Benue State and its en­vi­rons which he noted, brought un­told hard­ship to thou­sands of res­i­dents and de­stroyed prop­erty worth mil­lions.

The state­ment noted that the visit of the Vice Pres­i­dent, Prof Yemi Os­in­bajo to Makurdi, at the in­stance of the Pres­i­dent showed the Pres­i­dency’s com­mit­ment to the well­be­ing of or­di­nary Nige­ri­ans.

“The ex­cite­ment gen­er­ated by this an­nounce­ment is un­der­stand­able given that the river which in times past was a very busy wa­ter­way uti­lized for trans­port­ing peo­ple and goods be­tween lo­ca­tions as far apart as Bu­ruku in Benue State and Nu­man in Adamawa State has be­come filled with silt and other ma­te­ri­als and is con­se­quently un-nav­i­ga­ble for long stretches,” he said. He said apart from re­duc­ing the risk of flood­ing, the dredg­ing would also im­prove the nav­i­ga­bil­ity of the wa­ter­ways and en­sure in­creased eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties along the river banks as well as river­ine com­mu­ni­ties in the state.

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