- Bola Kougbe
About 2,000 hectares of farmland have been destroyed by flood across the three districts of Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State. Special Adviser to the state governor, AbdulFatah Ahmed, on Emergency and Relief Services, Duro Mohammed, disclosed this while inspecting the havoc on Saturday. He said rice farms in Lade, Patigi and Sepondi districts cultivated near the River Niger were mostly affected as well as a clinic, a cemetery and a primary school at Gbaradogi. Mohammed, who led the state governments delegation to the flooded farms, described the damage as devastating. He called on the Federal Government to assist in ameliorating the suffering of the affected farmers. The special adviser also called for urgent dredging of River Niger and construction of a drain that would permanently secure the rice farms against flooding in the future. The Etsu Patigi, Ibrahim Umar, expressed concerns over the perennial flooding in the area. The monarch also suggested that dredging of River Niger and construction of drain would permanently save the community from the disaster. Umar said the flood had increased poverty level in the community, noting that compensations were not enough in improving the suffering of the people, who are predominantly farmers.