Plateau state govt to reconstruct flood ravaged areas

Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau State last Wednesday took an assessment tour of areas that were affected by flood in Jos metropolis.
The heavy downpour flooded some roads causing obstruction to the free flow of traffic.
The roads affected were; Jonah Jang Way Jos, Yakubu Gowon Way around Miango Junction, Apollo Crescent, among others.
Lalong who visited the flood sites described the devastation as a natural occurrence that was anticipated.
The governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Soni Tyoden and heads of relevant agencies, directed the agencies to take proactive steps to forestall future occurrences.
“I have with me officials of the ministries of Works, Urban Development, and Environment as well as officials of Jos Metropolitan Development Board.
“We also have officials of State Emergency Management Agency and Plateau Environmental Protection and Sanitation Agency.
“And anywhere we have gone to I have asked them what we need to do and they have told me,” he said.
Lalong said that government would at the moment ensure immediate intervention in areas that were badly affected especially the Apollo Crescent where the road was almost cut away by the flood.
The governor added that long time solutions would be devised to address future occurrences.
He assured that government would not hesitate to assist victims of the flood disaster but added he was yet to receive any report of victims or casualty from SEMA.
Gov Simon Lalong has said that the state government would do its best to address infrastructural decay at the Plateau Specialist Hospital.
Lalong gave the assurance last Wednesday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the hospital.
The governor expressed dissatisfaction with the sorry state of the hospital stated that his administration had put machinery in place to give it a facelift.
“In the first two years of our administration our major focus was on security, agriculture and other areas.
“That does mean that we completely abandoned the health sector because health is wealth.
“Even in the hospital within period we have had some interventions in areas that needed immediate attention with some facilities upgraded,” he said.
He noted that the hospital has been a Specialist Hospital even though he facilitated a passage of a law when he was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly which it was assented to.
The governor said that his administration would submit the same bill to house to transform the hospital to legally become a Specialist hospital before the end of his administration.
The governor was conducted round the hospital by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Mr. Abel Gwatau and the Acting CMD, Dr. Phliemon Golwa.

-The Nigerian Standard

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