Kogi State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, has warned residents against blocking drains in the state.
Osikoya gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the inauguration of Flood Assessment Committee in Lokoja on Tuesday.
She urged residents to stop dumping refuse in drains, and avoid building along water ways and channels to prevent flooding.
“We must change our ways of life and pay adequate attention to things that matter; we must stop any act that can endanger the lives and properties of others.
“Besides, when you blocked the drains, the stagnant water would harbour and breed mosquitoes and other microbes that pose danger to human health.
“The State Government is working hard in collaboration with other stakeholders to ensure that flood does not wreak havoc as in the past in the state.
Nine local councils abutting the River Niger are flood prone in the state. But Osikoya said three of the councils, Igalamela-Odolu, Koton-Karfe, and Lokoja have so far been affected.
The committee members were tasked by the commissioner to submit their reports and recommendations within the next 14 days.