Obiano visits flooded areas, IDPs calls for assistance from All.
By Kingsley Ezekwelu
Gov Willie Obiano has urged residents of the riverine areas of the State to relocate immediately to designated high grounds to avoid being caught up with the predicted coming flood.
The Governor made the call after navigating through the River Niger to the Ogbaru Coastal Communities for an on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation in the area.
At the Onitsha Marine waterside, from where the governor took off, it was observed that the water level had risen significantly, giving cause for worry following speculations about Cameroun opening their dams.
The heavy presence of water hyacinth flowing on the surface of the Niger depicts the unsavory development in the flood situation.
Aboard a Naval gunboat, the Governor was ferried through the River Niger to assess the situation.
Speaking after the assessment tour, Gov Obiano regretted that many people are still in the flooded areas, he therefore warned that forecasts show very dangerous signals ahead.
He appealed to the Federal Government and good spirited individuals to assist the State with funding and relief materials to cater for the displaced persons.
He later visited a holding Center at Ogbaru Council Headquarters, Atani where over a hundred displaced persons were being quartered.
In his remarks, Gov Obiano said the visit was to see how they were faring and to see what government can do to assist their condition, assuring them that his government is committed to their welfare.
He said government will take record of the displaced persons so that it can provide them succour to enable them resettle after the deluge.
Some of the displaced persons, Mr Osita Obinyelugo and Mrs Uzoamaka Ibina regretted that they have lost all their means of livelihood as a result of the flooding and appealed to government and good spirited individuals to come to their aid.
Governor Obiano also visited the Holding Center at St Patrick’s Parish, Odekpe where over 300 internally-displaced persons were housed where he promised to provide water and power facilities to ease their sufferings.