The Edo State government is soliciting for funds from the federal government and the World Bank to enable it tackle the problem of erosion in some parts of the state.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole made the appeal on Wednesday when the House of Representatives committee on Emergency and Disaster paid him a visit at the Government House, Benin over the ravaging flood in Oredo federal constituency.
He told the committee that the state government has made some efforts in finding ways to manage the effect of the challenge but that the projects are highly capital intensive, a burden that the state cannot shoulder alone.
Oshiomhole said rather than deal with the consequences of the erosion, the state is investing in flood control measures and has carried out a comprehensive study of Benin City from which it came up with a Water Storm Master Plan.
However, the first phase which has started and has reached 60% completion is gulping a whooping N30 billion, but owing to the sharp drop in revenue the state is appealing for funds to ease the pressure on its capacity.
“We have not received federal help but we have made application to the World Bank to see how we can get support. The Federal Government should look at the country with same eye and give support to all those who need it regardless of political sentiments,” he said.
The governor also urged the legislators to lend their voices to the call for financial assistance from the federal government.
Speaking earlier, the chairman of the committee, Ifedayo Abegunde, said they were in state as a result of the motion moved by Rasaq Bello Osagie on the floor of the House informing it of the ravaging flood in Oredo.
“We are in the state to access the level of damage caused by the flood as well as take the statistics of the affected victims with the view to seeking adequate redress for them from the National Emergency Management Agency,”Abegunde said.