By Ifeanyi Ndukwe
THE residents of Anambra State have been alerted of possible imminent flood disaster between August and October this year.
This was made known by the State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Anambra State Directorate, Charles Nwoji, who said that the prediction was made by the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Institute, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu on August 15, during a training workshop on Semi Security Management, organised for the state directors of the agency drawn from the 36 states of the federation, including Abuja.
The state director, who was speaking on Wednesday in Awka, while addressing the meeting of the Association of Past Presidents General of Anambra State(APPAS),said the event is part of the activities of the agency in engaging the stakeholders on the urgent need for effective response to the current flood disaster in the country.
Nwoji, who affirmed that the current flash flood in the country has resulted to tragic loss of lives, livestocks, collapsed houses, displaced residents and washing away farmlands across the country, appealed to the association to use their influences as major stakeholders in the state to educate the people on the dangers of blocking the water channels with refuse in the state.
He gave matching order to the residents of the state to join efforts with the Soludo led government in his environmental campaign, especially in the area of proper refuse disposal and management.
He advocated the immediate demolition of any building erected on water drainage, calling on the people to form the harbor of desilting the drains around them for their healthy living.
The NOA boss, who spoke among other things, also appealed to the association to assist the agency in propagating the good news to the grassroots, especially to those living in the coastal areas across the state.
Receiving the NOA Director and his team to the meeting, the National President Association of Past Presidents General in Anambra State, Chief Omeife Omeife, described the event as very apt, recalling that he loss one of his cousins to flood last five years.
He pledged the unwavering support of the association to NOA with a view to taking the messages of the program down to the grassroots in the State for more effective awareness creation.