In a bid to avert future flood disaster along the coastal regions of Nigeria the federal Government is to build embankments along river Niger and Benue Confluence.
Also at the completion of the going Kasambila dam, the incident s of excessive flooding in Nigeria would also reduce.
Addressing flood victims at St. Joseph Memorial secondary School Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, President Goodluck Jonathan explained that with these two projects incidents of flooding would certainly reduce.
Jonathan who came in company of Stella Odua minister for Aviation and House of Representatives member, Iyom Uche Ekwunife announced that when the flood recedes finally the federal government would put in place measures aimed at compensating the victims.
“When I was in Kogi state and we got to the confluence of River Niger and River Benue, we discovered that the flooding was more on the Benue part so we are going to build embankments along those confluences and with that the incidents of flooding would be checked”
Similarly the Kasambila dam which is under construction would go a long way in controlling flooding. Very soon the dam would be completed and that would be yet another advantage for us.
The President said the last time he witnessed such a flood was in 1969, adding that the federal government is working hard to cushion the pains of the people.
“We know we need external assistance, we encourage you to bear the pains, the federal government will work with the state to make sure that all of you will get something”
“The ancestral homes and shrines are all washed away including farm produce, while buildings are submerged, I will work with the government in making sure that are normal again”
The president said he believed that by the mid November the flooding would have relapsed as commended Obi and the people of Anambra state for the concern that they had shown since the incidence.
Earlier, Anambra state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi had told the President that state created 20 camp’s for the flood victims in the state, adding Anambra was the worst hit in the country.
He said that the camp in Aguleri where the president visited had a population of 6,721 displaced persons from Eziagulu-Otu and environs.
Obi further said that the woman who delivered triplets in the camp had been away for better treatment elsewhere.