Laleye Dipo in Minna
The Niger State government has released over N30 million to the state Emergency Management Agency for the purchase of relief materials for the victims of the recent flood disaster in some parts of the state.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who announced this when he paid an on-the-spot inspection to flood-affected areas at the weekend, blamed the heavy losses recorded as a result of the flood on non-adherence to building regulations.
“The recent collateral and financial losses as a result of the flood were mostly products of non-adherence to urban development regulations as evident in indiscriminate building of structures without recourse to the law, especially on the flood or stream plain.
“All these losses incurred both in human and properties would have been averted if our people adhere strictly to urban development regulations,” he said.
According to Bello, “It was glaring that most of the affected areas were on the natural flood path. We have to desist from this unwholesome practice and obey simple laws that are meant for our good.”