The Kwara State asks people living at flood prone areas in the state to relocate.
The Kwara State Committee on Flood Disaster and Rehabilitation has begun advocacy visits to flood-prone areas to persuade the people to vacate river banks.
The committee chairman, Mohammed Dabarako, is leading the group on the visit that started on Friday in Shonga, Edu Local Government Area.
The committee was received by the Etsu Shonga, Yahaya Haliru, and village heads at the traditional ruler’s palace in Shonga.
Mr. Dabarako, who is also the Head of Service of the state, urged the monarch to assist in persuading residents to vacate river banks and move upland before heavy rain sets in.
He said the traditional rulers in the area should also prevail on their subjects living or farming near rivers to vacate the areas.
The chairman said the advocacy visit had become imperative in view of the warning by the Federal Government that the nation will witness heavy rains in 2013.
He said the Federal Government promised to provide building materials for the state to cater for damaged buildings, adding that the state government was ready to provide relocation centres in flood-prone areas.
Responding, the Etsu Shonga described the havoc created by 2012 flood in his domain as devastating.
The monarch thanked the state and the federal government for providing immediate succour to the 2012 flood victims in the area.
The traditional ruler, who urged the state government to provide relocation and rehabilitation centres, pledged to prevail on his subject to vacate river banks.
The committee distributed leaflets and hand bills to several residents in Shonga and its environs on the need for the people to vacate river banks.
The committee is expected to continue the advocacy visits in the other local government areas that were affected by 2012 flood as well as Kainji and Jebba Dams.