President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday urged victims of the devastating floods in Kogi State not to commit suicide, saying the Federal Government will support them.
He also promised to build more dams across the country to forestall a recurrence of flooding.
Jonathan, who spoke in Lokoja, Kogi State after he inspected places ravaged by the floods in the state, decried the havoc the flooding caused.
While advising the victims not to commit suicide, the President promised that the Federal Government would within its available resources provide them with the needed assistance.
The visit, he said, was to deliver the Federal Government’s message of sympathy to the victims.
He said the Federal Government would provide more funds for the affected states.
According to him, the initial Federal Government’s financial provision is to stabilise the affected people.
The President said the Federal Government would further assist the victims who had collected loans from banks, particularly the farmers among them.
He stated that the committee put up to generate money for the victims would succeed and impact positively on the victims.
He also hailed the efforts of the state government, National Emergency Management Agency and other agencies in checking the flooding.
Earlier Governor Idris Wada commended Jonathan for the Federal Government’s quick intervention.
He requested the President to further assist the victims by allocating unoccupied Federal Government houses and buildings at Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Company.