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Senate to Push Niger, Benue River Dredging into 2024 Budget

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The Senate has resolved to facilitate the inclusion of the dredging of River Benue, River Niger, and other river projects in the 2024 Appropriation Bill.

At an emergency session on Monday, the upper legislative chamber said the plan will help combat recurring flooding and its effects around the country.  

It also requested the president to facilitate the construction of the Dasin Hausa Dam in Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State to prevent flooding from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon. 

These resolutions followed a motion moved by Senator Abbas Iya,  representing Adamawa Central,  during the emergency plenary. 

Leading his debate, Senator Iya expressed his concern about the perennial flood by River Benue, which has led to the loss of lives, displacement of people, and destruction of farmlands as well as threatening food security.

He therefore requested the senate leadership to urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assist the victims of floods in the country.

The River Benue is an international river that originates from Northern Cameroon and flows into Nigeria through Jimeta in Adamawa State, Ibi in Taraba State, and Makurdi in Benue State before forming a confluence with River Niger in Lokoja. 


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