The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has cautioned residents against building on water ways and river banks to prevent flood in the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, made the appeal while adopting a resolution under matters of public interest at plenary on Tuesday in Lafia.
The resolution followed a motion raised by Mr Daniel Ogazi (APC-Kokona East).
Abdullahi said that flooding had claimed many lives and property, hence the need for people of the state to take precautionary measures against the menace.
“I want to appreciate Mr Daniel Oga Ogazi for coming up with the matter of flooding in Shabu and other places across the state.
“I also want to commend other members for contributing positively on the issue.
“It is in view of this that the House passed the resolution urging the state government to take proactive measures by directing the relevant agencies to sensitise the people on the dangers of dumping of refuse along water channels.
“To avoid building on water ways and river banks in their interest and for the overall development of the state and the country at large.
“When these measures are taken, it will go a long way in addressing the issue of flooding as well as save lives,” he said.
The speaker therefore directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Ego Maikeffi, to communicate the resolution to the governor for further necessary action.