The neglect by the Federal government in finding a lasting solution to this ravaging flood will continue to have a biting economic effect in the nation’s economy and the diversification effort of government.
There is therefore an urgent need for the Federal government through its relevant agency to support the effort of the state government in order to provide support and hope to the people who are currently homeless and vulnerable due to natural disaster and poor preparation by the Federal government.
Be that as it may, the fact that this is a yearly occurrence, means that government will continued to suffer major setback Agriculturally because Edo state and Edo North in particular is known for farming and contribute major quarter in the production of Rice, Yams, and other major Agricultural products in the nation.
The yearly havoc of flooding to the most populous single community in Etsako Central LGA, Udaba-Ekphei, Agbabu, Osomegbe, Ifeku inland, Udochi, Ofukpo, Anegbette, Utsuko and Ukpe oko orile has become a major burden which has severally led to constant tension, weeping and recently, tears by the member representing Etsako Central in the Edo State House of Assembly Hon.
The continuous havoc on Major Farms and the destruction of crops and other Farm produced will definitely have a spillover effect on the economy of the nation and also frustrate the diversification effort of both the state and federal government as Farm produced are regularly washed away by this annual flood.
The effort of the state government in establishing temporary schools For these victim is not possible due to the fact that the IDP camp is not yet ready and other schools are currently in section.
The IDP camp under construction in the area by government was abandoned and uncompleted giving the people more reason to worry and a sense of insecurity.
State Government and Communal effort to prevent the yearly incident has yielded no result because, water released from Cameroon, Togo and Niger Republic dams through River Benue are responsible for the seasonal flooding of these riverine communities in Edo North.
It will be the joy of the people of Edo state if the Federal Government and concerned relevant national and international Non-governmental organisation can intervene including good spirited individuals in providing lasting solution to avoid a reoccurrence in the coming year.
The duty of government is not to lament with the people of Etsako land but to find a lasting solution to this biting yearly incident