FG warns motorists to avoid Lokoja-Abuja road as more floods predicted to hit 24 states in 48 hours

The Federal Government has warned motorists travelling to the North from the Southern and Eastern parts of the country through Kogi State to avoid the Lokoja-Abuja dual carriageway.

The Federal Controller of Works in Kogi State, Engr Jimoh Kajogbola gave the warning in a statement in Lokoja, admonishing motorists to opt for alternative routes.

He said, “Due to the flooding in the country, River Niger has overflowed the Lokoja-Abuja dual carriageway at Koton-Karfe and rendered it dangerous to road users.

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“Abuja-bound motorists from the South-West are advised to pass through the Ilorin-Mokwa-Bida road, while motorists from the East and South-South are advised to pass through Makurdi-Lafia road.”

The alternative roads, according to him, should be adhered to pending the time the water level will recede.

Kajogbola said that the advice equally applies to South-South, South-East and South-West bound motorists from the Northern parts of the country.

He urged them to either take the Abuja-Lafia-Makurdi-Otukpa road or Abuja-Bida-Mokwa-Jebba road pending the time that the water will subside at Koton-Karfe.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has said there will be heavy rainfall in 24 states between the next 24 and 48 hours.

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The agency in a weather forecast released on Wednesday, September 5, 2022, said this would happen in parts of Kwara, Niger, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kebbi, Lagos, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Ebonyi, Cross River, Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Taraba and Kogi States.

The NiMet said there were prospects of heavy to moderate rainfall in those cities. 

It said this could further complicate situations in states like Benue and Kogi, already heavily flooded.

“The heavy rains are expected to be accompanied by strong winds and lightning strikes.

“The rains will reinforce the existing flooding over the country. Areas devoid of this flooding have prospects of flash flooding over low-lying areas and road surfaces” the forecast showed. 

The NiMet urged emergency agencies to be proactive, monitor the rains and water levels, and watch out for updates from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. 

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