The National Youth Council of Nigeria, Kogi chapter, says it has concluded plans to mobilise 1,000 youth volunteers in the state to complement government’s efforts in tackling flooding in riverine areas.
A statement by NYCN chairman in Lokoja, Mr Oladele Nihi, on Monday said that the idea was also to raise volunteers through the local government chapters of the council.
According to him, the volunteers are expected to work with the National Emergency Management Agency and Kogi Ministry of Environment.
Nihi also said that the volunteers would assist in carrying out grassroots sensitisation and environmental sanitation and clear blocked drainage systems.
He said the volunteers would also create alternative routes for water to flow and do other tasks that might be deemed fit by the ministry.
“The National Youth Council of Nigeria, Kogi chapter wish to use this avenue to sympathise with the people of the state, most especially those,” Nihi said.
He called on youths in the state, irrespective of their locations, to join the advocacy and render assistance wherever they could.
“Kogi is our state; collectively we will work to make it greater.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lokoja witnessed flash flooding on Thursday in Lokoja and some other parts of the state such as, Ajaokuta, Koto Karfe and Omala Local Government Areas.
Others are, Igalamela-Odolu, Kabba/Bunu, Ajaokuta, Ibaji, Bassa and Isanlu Local Government Areas.