Osinbajo visits flood victims in Anambra, promises FGs Support
By Obika Chidiebele.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, paid a working visit to flood victims in Anambra state.
Osinbajo who was in company of the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, the governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, the DG of NEMA and others, visited the Umueze Anam bridge of the Anambra West LGA section of the affected LGA.
The flood, which was earlier predicted to rise beyond the banks of the rivers in Anambra by Nigeria Meturlogical Agency and Nigeria Hydrological Agency has sacked many communities across eight local government areas of the state.
Particularly in Anambra West,15 Communities in the local government have been submerged by the rampaging flood.
According to experts, the aggressive flood of 2012 was at 12.8 magnitude. But the current Anambra flood is at 11.00, and has a tendency of rising.
The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano who practically reached out to indigenes of the affected communities, called out an indigene of Umueze Anam, Friday, who boldly told the visitors that they could not leave their homes because the flooded areas were their ancestral homes.
Inquiring further, Gov. Obiano asked him what he would like to be done for them. In response, he replied, “We need help, we need relief materials in the form of food and money”.
The visiting Vice President was later treated to a reception by the governor of Anambra State at the Dr. Gechi Auditorium, Aguleri. The event whose venue was filled by dignitaries entertained a short reception.
Gov. Obiano took time to explain to ndi Anambra that the Vice President was in the state to ascertain the level of damage done by the rampaging flood. He told the audience that the VP has been conducted round Anambra and that the Vice president brought with him some relief materials.
Also speaking at the reception, Prof. Osinbajo told ndi Anambra that he has visited Anambra East, Anambra West, Ogbaru, Onitsha North and South and Awka North to ascertain the level of damage done by the flood.
Osinbajo decried the inability of people to leave their homes for established holding centres for the IDPs. The Vice President, who saw first hand the plights of the flood victims was quick to announce that he came with the DG of National Emergency Management Agency and with some relief materials.
“I have come and seen the level of damage done by the desaturating flood in eight local governments of the state, we brought relief materials and we are ready to partner the Gov. Willie Obiano’s government in managing the crises associated with this flood. We will resettle the victims when the flood subsides” said Vice President Osinbajo.
In his vote of thanks, the traditional ruler of Aguleri Community, Igwe Engr. Christopher Idigo appreciated the Vice President for finding time to be with ndi Anambra during the trying times. He informed the guest that the flood is so huge that himself along with other elderly persons in the state are internally displaced. He thanked Gov. Obiano for working tirelessly in making sure they were protected and duly taken care of at this critical moment. He also called of the Federal Government to construct dams in the state to help contain these waters that usually overflow the banks.
Other dignitaries include; The Executive Secretary, SEMA, Chief Paul Odenigbo, Commissioners of Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy , Hon. Bonaventure Enemali, Health, Dr. Jeo Akabuike, Works, Engr. Marcel Ifejiofor, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and a host of others.