The Kogi State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) on Sunday said it will mobilise 1,000 youth volunteers to sensitise flood prone communities across the nine local government areas of the state on the issue of flooding.
Chairman of NYCN in the state, John Nihi, who gave the indication in a statement issued in Lokoja, sympathised with all the victims of the recent flood disasters that ravaged the state.
He said the youth volunteers will be mobilised from the nine flood prone LGAs of Kogi/Koton-karfe, Lokoja, Omala, Igalamela-Odolu, Kabba/Bunu, Ajaokuta, Ibaji, Bassa and Idah to sensitise the people and also assist in clearing blocked drainages for easy follow of water in view of the looming menace of flood.
Oladele commended NEMA, SEMA and the state Ministry of Environment for their “tireless efforts in contending with this giant monster that we face at this time”.
“The idea is to raise volunteers through the Local Government chapters of the council who we expect to work with NEMA and the state Ministry of Environment in carrying out grassroot sensitization and environmental sanitation, this includes clearing of blocked drainages to allow free flow of water, creating alternative routes for water to flow easily, clearing of bushes (where necessary), and other tasks that may be deemed necessary by the Ministry.
“It could be recalled that the National Youth Council of Nigeria partners with the State Ministry of Environment in carrying out advocacy and the monthly environmental sanitation exercise. This is because as a council, we believe in the saying that ‘Health is Wealth’, and a healthy life can only be guaranteed through a clean and safe environment.
“We are enthusiastic that this little effort of the Youth Council, will help avert the imminent flooding or worst still, mitigate the suffering of our people as we endure this trying times.
“We also want to use this medium to call on all youths, no matter your location to join in this advocacy and render assistance when you can. Kogi State is our state, collectively we will work to make it greater.
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