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Flood And Erosion Disaster In Akwa, Isuanaocha, Obosi & Other Communities

Flood And Erosion Disaster In Akwa, Isuanaocha, Obosi & Other Communities; Senate hears motion nigeria flood news

  • Land & water resources crisis and menace of typha grass in Hadejia also
  • Seeks reversal of EU agro ban

Senator Ubali Shittu brought the devastating damage the typha grass, an obnoxious invasive weed, has done to most water ways and bodies in Kano and Hadejia – Nguru irrigation scheme and flood plains to the attention of the senate today as the senate called the Federal Government to intervene with a view to providing a lasting solution to the typha grass challenges and the Federal Ministry of water resource to increase the capacity of the valves of Tiga Dam for improved storage and management of water releases to optimally provide for the water supply needs to Kano city while re- establishing the natural drying out cycle of River Channels in the wetlands.

This is just as the serious damage caused by flood and erosion in Awka, Abatete, Isuanaocha, Obosi and other communities of Anambra Central senatorial district got the attention of the senate.

Moving the motion, Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife - Anambra Central, said the rain on Tuesday, 28th July 2015 was more devastating as over 30 residential buildings were destroyed; many school buildings were brought down, farmlands were washed away, roads were cut off making it impossible for commuters to gain access to their homes; and market stalls containing valuable goods and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

The senate urged the ad-hoc committee on works to visit affected communities and assess the extent of damage while mandating the ecological Fund office to immediately pay visit to the affected communities, raise Bills of Quantity and put up measures to remedy the most critical case.
 
Meanwhile, the ban on Nigeria agricultural exports products by the European Union (EU) was viewed with great concern by the senate particularly with the dwindling state of the economy occasioned primarily by falling oil prices.
The motion as moved by Senator Francis Alimikhena - Edo North, explains that reasons for the ban was mostly due to adherence to global standard as most of the banned items like beans, contained high level of pesticides dangerous to human health of which fifty notifications were issued with no adherence by Nigerian.

The senate issued a wake-up call to NAFDAC and the Federal Ministry of Health as well as the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to sanitize food and agricultural product imports into Nigeria while mandating the Agricultural and Rural Development Committees when constituted to look into the matter with a view to overturning the EU ban.

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