FLOODING: BUILD PERMANENT HOLDING CAMPS— ANAMBRA ASSEMBLY TELLS SOLUDO

REPORTER: UCHE NDEKE

The Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the Executive arm of government to construct permanent holding camps for flood displaced persons in the state.

This followed a motion moved by the member representing Ogbaru Constituency II, Mr. Noble Igwe, for the establishment of permanent structures where flood victims would take shelter in all the riverine local government areas.

It is common knowledge that every year, the Federal and state governments advise people living in the banks of the Rivers Niger, Benue, Omambala and others to make arrangements to relocate to higher grounds for safety whenever the floods overflow their banks.

However, experience showed that despite the call, many of the affected people insisted on staying back in their homes rather than relocating to the holding camps provided by the government.

Their reason was usually that such holding camps often designated in school and church compounds were never conducive for human beings.

This, according to Mr. Igwe, neccessited the motion for a proactive measure by constructing permanent structures in all the local government areas usually affected by flood disaster in the state.

Mr. Igwe said, when the camps are constructed , it woy be properly equiped with necessary holding facilities that would encourage the flood victims to take shelter in such places whenever called upon to relocate to higher grounds.

Supporting the motion, the member representing Aguata Constituency II, Mr. Anthony Moubike and his Anaocha Constituency 1, Ms. Nkechi Ogbuefi, expressed regret that women and children were always the worst hit during flood disaster, hence the need to provide a conducive place for them.

According to the respondents, if permanent structures were put in place in various local government areas of the state, they would indeed go a long way to reduce the hardship victims faced whenever displaced.

A lawmaker, Mr. Patrick Udeoba of Anambra West Constituency, while recounting the sad experiences of his constituents during flood disaster, said there was the need for the dredging of the River Niger, and other rivers in the area to reduce the menace caused by the constant overflow of the river banks.

Lending voice to the motion, Mr. Golden Ilo of Ihiala Constituency II, noted that already some communities in Ihiala were making contributions and arrangements in preparation for the dooms day as the water levels increased in the area.

The member representing Anambra East Constituency, Mr. Obi Nweke, who also recounted his experience during flood incidents in the area, said it was important for the government to construct holding camps for the people.

Other respondents including, Mr. Ifeanyi
Umennajiagu of Onitsha South Constituency II, and Mr. Ejike Okechukwu of Anaocha Constituency II, while describing flood as a major natural disaster causing so much damage to the people’s property and so needed to be assisted by building a shelter for the displaced persons.

The House also passed another resolution calling on the Executive arm to, as a matter of urgency, commenced the palliative work on the failed portion of Oba Ichi Okigwe road with a spur at Ichi Girls’ Secondary school to forestall further loss of lives and property as sponsored by the Majority Leader, Mr. Ikenna Ofodeme, representing Ekwusigo constituency.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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