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NOA warns flood-prone Anambra communities to relocate



THE  three-week   long phase of the  community  sensitisation programme organised by the  National Orientation  Agency (NOA), Anambra State Directorate, Awka, on “Building  A People of  Peace “, with the theme, “Working Together to  Overcome  COVID-19: Focus on  Health and Security”, has  ended  with  a call on the  flood-prone  communities in the state to relocate to upland while  waiting for  government to activate the  internally displaced  persons  camps located at  strategic  places in the state.

      State Director of the  agency, Charles Nwoji, who made the call when the  agency took the  programme to  Okpoko  community, in Ogbaru  Local  Government  Area,  also warned  the  people to  stop  building houses or  shops  on top of  water  drainage  and  other  waterways or  run  the  risk of  becoming victims any  time the drainage overflow their  banks due to  blockages.

      While calling for proper education of the people on the  importance of physical and  environmental hygiene, the NOA  Director, frowned at the  illicit attitude of people who  have formed  the  habit  of  dumping  wastes inside the water  channels, pointing out that the Nigerian  Metrological Services Agency had  before  today, warned people living in the  coastal parts of the country to  relocate to up-  lands as the month of  September this  year  would  witness heavy rainfall.

     Nwoji, who also  noted that the programme was  focusing on health and security, said that the  incidence of  rape and  violence against persons were serious threats to  human and  social existence in the  present  day  Nigeria, and stressed  that a  situation where the people do  not have  regard to human  life is a bad omen to  any  developing nation  like Nigeria.

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    In his remarks, the  Deputy  Director Programmes, NOA, Awka, Sir Joseph Uchendu, said that the essence of the the programme was to adequately educate the participants on the  dangers of the  COVID-19 pandemic and its  control measures, while his  Assistant  Director, Mr Peter Onuigbo, reminded  the people that prevention is better than  cure, hence they  should always  wash their hands with  soap, running water and  apply sanitisers as well as disregard fake news making the rounds in the  streets that the coronavirus pandemic does not exist.

      The  traditional ruler of  Okpoko  community, Igwe B.S.C. Muofunanya, who was represented in the  occasion by his Chief  Security  Officer, Mr Arinze Agbadi,  described the programme  as a life-saving and  welcome  development and draw the  attention of Anambra  State Government to the collapsed roads in the  area.

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