Plateau to forcefully relocate flood victims

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

Residents refuse to relocate from the flood-prone areas.

The Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Ignatius Longjan, has said that the state government may forcefully relocate residents of flood prone areas in the state, especially those living around the water-ways.

Mr. Longjan disclosed this on Friday in Jos during the presentation of the mid-term report by the governor, Jonah Jang, to the media.

According to Mr. Longjan, some victims of the 2012 flood disaster in the state have refused to leave their homelands, which have been identified by experts as flood-prone, despite several warnings from the state government asking them to move to the hinterlands.

“We have visited all the affected areas, and issued warnings of experts that have predicted another round of flooding season in the state, but most of them have remained in those areas. In fact, some are rebuilding their houses that were washed away by rains. We may have no option but to insist that they leave for their own safety,” he said.

Mr. Longjan however, said some victims of the flood in Langtang North had heeded to the warnings and relocated to safer areas as directed by the committee. He added that the government had provided assistance to those who moved to the hinterlands to enable them erect new structures in their new places of abode.

The deputy governor, who is the Chairman, Relief Material Distribution Committee to victims of the 2012 flood disaster, claimed that the committee had distributed the relief materials provided by both the federal and state governments.

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