Lawmakers sympathise with victims of flood in Niger

Members of National Assembly representing Niger State have expressed sympathy to victims of flood that claimed three lives and destroyed several houses in Minna on Saturday.
Alhaji Abdullahi Sabi, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, spoke with journalists on Tuesday shortly after a meeting with Govenor Abubakar Bello of Niger.
Sabi said that the National Assembly was concerned about the continuous flooding being experienced in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the legislators consisting of three senators and 10 House of Representatives members came to pay sallah homage to the governor.
Sabi said that the members would support the victims and approach the National Emergency Management Agency for assistance.
He said: “The incident is an unfortunate one especially since it was long we had flood within Minna town.
“We will give our own support to the affected persons to bring succour to them.”
Sabi, who promised that the matter would be brought before the Senate after resumption from break, said plans were on ground to get a legislative framework that would address the issue of flooding.
He called for attitudinal change toward indiscriminate dumping of refuse in flood plains and channels.
Sabi urged relevant environmental agencies to take proactive measures by enlightening the people on the risks involved in dumping of refuse in drainage.
On the challenges of insecurity in the state, the senator said Niger had witnessed series of attacks recently by armed bandits who fled from Zamafara, Sokoto and Kaduna.
He added: “We have witnessed attacks and kidnappings, especially in Zone B, and we are concerned about it.
“We will continue to give our contributions to come to a resolution on the security challenges across the country.”