The Benue State government has urged the Senate to prevail on the Federal Government to hasten the dredging of River Benue in order to curtail annual flooding in the state.
Deputy Governor of the state, Engr. Benson Abounu, made the appeal on Tuesday in Makurdi when he received the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Flood led by Senator David Umaru.
Abounu said the senate had the voice to lend to such matter of urgent public importance as he expressed optimism that the federal government would harken to bringing the project much talked about by successive government into fruition.
He also intimated the senate committee that the state requires the intervention of the federal government in the area of ecological funds to aid construction of drainage channels in many affected places.
The deputy governor restated the position of the state government to relocate all those that had built houses near the river banks and water channels to higher ground locations as part of deliberate measures to forestall flooding in the state.
Earlier, the Leader of the delegation, Senator Umaru, disclosed that they were directed by the senate to visit Benue following a motion raised by Senator Barnabas Gemade drawing attention to the devastation caused residents in the state by the flood.
Umaru however announced the decision of the senate to come up with a legislation or any other action that could help avert further flooding in the state.