Vice President , Architect Namadi Sambo and Governor Rochas Okorocha have assured victims of the recent flood disaster in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas in Imo State of government’s continuous support towards ameliorating their plight.
Addressing a gathering of the victims in Egbema after accessing the level of devastation in some of the affected communities, Architect Sambo who was accompanied by the senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, Senator Hope Uzodinma of Imo West Senatorial District, Minister of Enviroment, Hajia Hadiza Melafia, Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Serah Ochekpe and Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mohamed Sani-Sidi, disclosed that the federal government is packaging a special post-flood era programme for the victims of the unfortunate disaster.
Here is what he had to say:
“You are aware that this is a natural disaster which we all know is a new phenomenon to the whole world. We have never witnessed this before and we pray that we will not continue to witness this unfortunate development. I want to assure you that all the victims will be taken care as federal government is packaging a special programme for the post-flood era
Let me inform you that Mr. President has set up a committee co-chaired by Alhaji Dangote and Olisa Agbakoba SAN that will address this unfortunate development. I have gone round to see houses and schools that were affected by this flood and that is why we have a special programme for the post flood era”
Also speaking, Governor Rochas Okorocha said the State government has mobilized resources to assist the victims.
“The State government has done the little it could to give support to our people. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (ISOPADEC) have equally responded with some relief materials and food items. But our greatest challenge is that the entire land and agricultural products have been washed away by the flood and most of these people sitting in this arena have no home any more with no farmland for food production.
He commended the federal government for releasing the sum of 400 million naira for the victims in Imo State and assured that fund will be judiciously used for the purpose it is meant for.