From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Managing Director (MD) of the Hydro-Electricity Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), Alhaji Abubakar Yelwa said arrangements have been completed towards relocating no fewer than 10,000 members of Mosum community displaced by 2022 flooding.
The Managing Director (MD) who made this known during a tour of the affected communities in Mosum community in Bassa local government area of Kogi state said that the relocation of the affected communities became imperative sequel to the negative impact of the 2022 flood in the affected communities as locals had to desert their homes for safety.
“We will begin to construct buildings that would accommodate the affected villagers in two weeks now that we have Benn shown the sight by the traditional ruler and the Bassa Local Government authorities.”
“Here we are at the site, and you can see for yourselves the levels of damaging activities of the River Benue in these communities within Mosum kingdom. We are ready to move our equipment to the river banks to start work on controlling the ravaging erosive activities,” Yelwa said.
About 10,000 people in the Mosum Community in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi are to be relocated by the federal government following the reoccurring of the flooding menace in the area.
Earlier, the traditional ruler of the Mosum Kingdom, Alhaji Burka Ali,
Commended the Managing Director and his team for the lives saving venture and findings his community worthy to benefit from federal government through HYPPADEC.
Alhaji Burka who bestowed a chieftaincy tittle on the Managing Director informed the HYPPADEC boss and his entourage that the 2022 flood was very devastating and had rendered his subjects homeless with no fewer than 10,000 people. Land space of over 300m was washed away by the flood.
“The piece of land for the resettlement of my unfortunate subjects have been selected for HYPPADEC ‘s feasibility studies and survey before the commencement of the construction.”
Highlights of the tour was the cultural display by local hunters and
Warriors who entertained the HYPPADEC Director and his entourage.