The Kogi State house of Assembly Speaker, Matthew Kolawole said the State’s Assembly will soon amend the environmental and town planning laws of the state to adequately cater for the flooding issue. The Speaker, Matthew Kolawole said while on a visit to flash flood disaster areas in Felele, Lokoja, on Saturday to assess the level of devastation in the town when he identified construction of buildings on waterways as one of the major causes of flooding in the area.
According to Matthew Kolawole, there is dire need to enforce town planning and environmental laws to discuss the perennial flooding. There was also need to reposition the town planning sub-sector for better and efficient service delivery. The speaker in his words promised to work with his colleagues to start bills and motions that would help the victims. The Speaker sympathised with the people living in Felele area over the ravaging flood, which washed away more than 100 houses.
Town Planning Laws is the part of English land law which concerns land use planning
The goal of a Town Planning Law is to make sure sustainable economic development and a better environment. Each country of the world has its own planning system that is responsible for town and country planning devolved by various Assembly. Over the years, the planning system has undergone several alterations, which were consolidated in the Town and Country Planning Act.
The Kogi State House of the Assembly Speaker said it was imperative for him to visit his colleague and the people to see things and find areas of support and help to the victims. While responding on behalf of the community, Idris Ndako, representing Lokoja constituency, thanked the speaker of the house of assembly for the visit and commended Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi for his response to the emergency.
He said: “It is a sign of a good leader, who cares for the people, it is worthy of note for the government to have immediately opened a camp for the victims at Siriki Noma.” Ndako, however, implored the government to open another camp at Felele area and urged the National Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of the displaced households.
Torrential rain on Wednesday night and early hours of Thursday resulted in flooding which destroyed properties in Sarkin-Noma, Felelele, Nataco, Gadumo and Ganaja areas of Lokoja.