- Assures victims of shelter, food
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has taken concrete measures aimed at alleviating the sufferings and pains of persons affected by the flood that is ravaging communities along the bank of the River Niger.
Uduaghan has consequently raised a high-powered committee chaired by his Deputy Prof. Amos Utuama and comprising other relevant government ministries and agencies to visit the affected parts of the state and provide necessary measures to mitigate the effect of the flood on the victims.
The committee which immediately swung into action on Tuesday visited Anwai, Cable Point, Nigeria Immigration Service Office and other areas affected by the flood with Utuama assuring the victims that the state government was touched by their plight hence his committee was set up.
He explained that the terms of reference of the committee were to provide immediate, medium and long term measures and solutions to the flood that has displaced communities in different parts of the country.
The Deputy Governor informed that the flood was occasioned by the opening up of the Kanji Dam but said: “We want to assure you that you will not walk alone,” stating that the state government was committed to providing them the needed relief.
Utuama assured the persons displaced that they would be relocated to schools and provided with food items, mattresses, water and other basic necessities that they would need for the period of their temporary displacement.
He then directed the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare to get schools that would provide temporary accommodation for the displaced persons.
At the Cable Point, Utuama, while lamenting the loss of a little girl to the flood, asked that a minute silence be observed in honour of her.
He observed that, although the current flood was occasioned by water from Kanji Dam, it was however a clear signal that climate change was a reality, adding that the administration of Uduaghan has been in the vanguard of campaign aimed at mitigating the effects.
The committee is expected to visit other parts of the state affected by the flood.