Flood Cuts off Varsity from Benue Capital

Flooding has cut off JS Tarka University Makurdi (Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi) from Benue State Capital, Makurdi following an excessive rain. 

The rain, which started from late Sunday night to the early hours of Monday, destroyed and cut off the road around the Akewe Turkula Polytechnic in Makurdi which also connects Gbajimba With the Benue State Capital.

The destruction of the road has disrupted academic activities at the university as lecturers and students were left stranded and unable to cross over to the school even after the rain.

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A sophomore student of the Forestry Department, John Ode, said all his three classes, which would have been held on Monday, were all rescheduled because of the unavailability of the instructors. 

He explained that the portion of the road has been a point of worry over the years, with the rain cutting it off when the downpour intensifies. Ode blamed the government for failing to bring a lasting solution to the failed portion 

Mimidoo Gundu, who is a student union leader in the institution, said: “the flood has washed away and also blocked the road that links the SRS Junction to JoSTUM around Antsa and Ichwa communities, and it has been a huge obstacle for staff and students to get to the school; it is very disheartening. I urge the Federal and State governments and the school management to look into this problem before it gets worse.

She appealed for “a quick action should be taken as soon as possible to ensure that the university and the affected communities are accessible.”

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The Benue State Emergency Management Authority, in a statement signed by the acting Executive Secretary, James Iorpuu, noted that public schools in 22 local government areas of the state have been marked as camps for people living in flood-prone areas. 

In recent weeks, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has allayed the fears of Nigerians over the release of excess water from Lagdo Dam, which is located on River Benue in the Republic of Cameroon.


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