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HYPPADEC To Plant Trees On 25,000 Hectares of Land in Kwara To Prevent Flooding

As part of efforts to mitigate against the predicted flooding this year the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPPADEC, has stated that it has embarked on an afforestation program that will see trees planted 25, 000 hectares of land in Kwara North.

The Managing Director of the Agency Alhaji Abubakar Yelwa gave the hint at the 2023 stakeholders meeting on flood mitigation and other related issues in held Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

He said trees would be planted in five hectares of land in each of the five local government areas in Kwara North senatorial district, being flood- proned area of the state.

Yelwa while speaking on the clamour by participants for the dredging of Rivers Niger, Benue and Kaduna to check perennial flooding in affected areas, said it will be difficult for the federal government to handle without intervention from international donor agencies.

He said the estimated cost for dredging of the rivers as at 1983 when the federal government asked for the cost was $2billion, saying that the cost had astronomically gone up over 10 times.

“The dredging of river Niger or Benue, as the case may be, has always been repeatedly suggested in all the places we have visited. We have visited about five states including Kwara, almost all the states were asking for dredging.

“In 1983 when the former Sheu Shagari government asked for the cost of dredging of River Niger and Benue, a bill of $2billion was given. That was in 1983. You can imagine the scope now, even if the dollar had remained the same, the scope would have gone up 10 times. That is why it is difficult.

“It is not what HYPPADEC can fund, and not even the federal government without making recourse to international organisations for intervention and that is what we are working towards to mobilisze¬† international donor agencies for intervention”.

Also speaking, one of the civil society organizations at the event, Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation (GLOWHWOC), called for multi-sectoral approach towards mitigating flood in Kwara state.

Speaking through its team lead, Christy Abayomi-Oluwole, the organization also said that Rapid Response team on flooding should be reviewed towards addressing challenges associated with flooding and their effects on dwellers of riverine areas.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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