…Demolition of illegal structures continues in Onitsha
IN anticipation of flooding amid return of the rains, the state government, under the aegis of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), is intensifying sensitisation campaigns in communities perennially facing flood.
Addressing communities in Ayamelum, Anambra East and West Council Areas during the advocacy visit, Executive Secretary of SEMA, Paul Odenigbo, who was represented by Chukwudi Onyejekwe, urged the people to be vigilant while complying with government’s directives on flooding and related matters.
According to him, this will not only minimise damages arising from flood, but also prepare the people on its security, economic and health implications.
Responding, Transition Committee Chairman of Anambra East Council Area, Anselm Nworah, his counterpart from Anambra West, Felix Ikechi and that of Ayamelum, Livinus Onyenwe, while expressing gratitude to the state government, SEMA and NEMA for the sensitisation, urged the people to take the agencies’ warning seriously by keeping their environment clean at all times.
It will be recalled that Nigeria’s 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction showed that over 230 council areas in 32 states and Abuja are within high or probable flood risk while 212 council areas in 35 states are within moderate or possible risk.
In a related development, demolition of illegal structures and unapproved buildings obstructing drainage and water channels is continuing around Port-Harcourt Road, Bridge Head Market, Allied Tools Market, Timber and Steel Market areas of Onitsha metropolis.
Speaking to newsmen while monitoring the exercise yesterday,, Transition Committee Chairman of Onitsha South Council Area, Emeka Orji explained that removal of such buildings is in line with government’s commitment to transforming the state into a prosperous and livable homeland that will be a source of pride to ndi Anambra.
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