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We’ll find solution to flooding in Anambra – Ibezim



ANAMBRA State Deputy Governor, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, has stated that the Prof. Charles Soludo, led administration is working tirelessly to find  final solution to end flooding which causes havoc in some parts of the riverine areas of the state, during the annual rainy season.

Deputy Governor Ibezim stated this while inspecting the state of flood disaster in Ogbaru Local Government Area, as well as situations in holding centres in the area and Onitsha.

Ibezim, who also visited holding centres in Odaekpe and Atani in Ogbaru and Bishop Crowther  Primary School, Onitsha Holding Centres for displaced persons from Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State, sympathised with the victims

Speaking after the inspection, Dr. Ibezim while restating that grassroots development is one among the priority of Prof Soludo government , assured the flood victims that the state government will continue to do the needful to ensure the comfort and safety of the people at the holding centres and also has set machinery in motion to seek a permanent solution to the flooding, assuring that the state government will build embankments along the banks of the Niger River to reduce the chances of the river overflowing its banks.

He urged authorities in the holding centres never to relent in making sure that the displaced persons are properly taken care of.

In an interview, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike expressed that the health needs of the people are well taken care of, disclosing that they are provided with drugs, mosquito nets, among other things.

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Executive Secretary of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Chief Paul Odenigbo, disclosed that there are N1600 displaced persons at the Ogbaru Holding Centre, and over 400 at Crowther Primary school Onitsha Holding Centre, assuring that the agency will continue to play a vital role on their part in cushioning the effects of the disaster on the victims.

Some of the displaced persons at the holding centres which includes, Christiana Ofiliand  Emmanuel Onwuadi, appreciated the state government officials for their intervention and support  since they came into the holding centres, and appealed to the government to improve on the welfare packages in the centres.

It was discovered that some buildings in the area including the local government headquarters,  schools, shops, churches, and residential houses are already submerged by the flood as the residents get to their houses using  local boats.

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