Massive flooding on Sunday overran Ajaokuta-Ganaja-Lokoja road in Kogi which links the metropolis to the eastern part of the state.
The flooding covered the portion of the road at Ganaja village such that only by canoes that the commuters could cross the flooding.
Residents note that the road is strategic to socio-economic activities, linking Kogi to the eastern part of the country which has been made inaccessible now to motorists and commuters by flooding.
According to them, canoe operators have cashed in on the development, charging passengers between N50 and N100 to ferry them across the flooded road.
“We have to charge that high because of the cost of the rigour involved.
“As you can see, it’s not easy to ferry passengers across the flooded road,” one Jimoh, an operator of a canoe, told NAN.
A resident also said that the flooding has so far created fear in the minds of residents of Ganaja village and its environs because it has begun to submerge peoples’ houses within the area.
“Some of the residents have, therefore, relocated to either their relations or friends in safe communities in the state,” the resident said.
Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) had also on Saturday begun the distribution of relief materials to victims of flood in 10 affected local government areas of Kogi.
Kogi Commissioner for Environment Victor Omofeye also told NAN by telephone that the state government was aware of the development.