HOPES have begun to rise again in Anambra-West LGA as victims of the 2022 flood disaster prepare to return to their homes to commence dry season farming which begins in November, this year.
Anambra-West, which was one of the worst hit local government areas, was completely submerged by flood but hopes have begun to rise again as the flood have started receding.
The lawmaker, representing Anambra-West State Constituency in the House of Assembly, Patrick Obalum Udeoba, who spoke with our correspondent about the situation in Anambra-West, said his house was completely submerged by the flood but the good thing was that the governor, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo did not abandon victims of the flood to their own fate.
Udeoba stated that despite the magnitude of the flood which he said was apparently beyond the handling of the state government, Governor Soludo had continually visited the camps to show empathy and to also restore the hopes and aspirations of persons displaced from their homes due to the flood.
He said the governor had on every given opportunity, assured the IDPs at various holding centres that in no distant time, they would return to their homes and that government will help them get back on their feet especially as it concerns provision of agricultural materials.
” I want to thank the governor for his kind gesture for Anambra West. First and foremost, immediately the flood came in, Mr. Governor rushed to Anambra West and made reservations for my people. The governor moved again to supply all our needs, ranging from foams, food, medications and other things needed in the camps.
“So I was so happy with the governor and I say, may the Almighty God bless him, his family and his work. So the Governor did a marvelous job in Anambra-West by coming in person to save us from that calamity. I am so impressed with Mr. Governor. “
Udeoba also told our correspondent that he has spoken to the Commissioner for Agriculture to release farm seedlings to Anambra West to enable farmers plant this November as the flood recedes.
He said also that indigenes of Anambra West taking refuge at Bishop Crowder IDP Camp, Onitsha, Umueri IDP Camp and some other holding centres would be returning to their homes shortly to commence cultivation to forestall hunger and food crisis in the state next year.
Udeoba however called on the federal government to consider the dredging of the River Niger to forestall a repeat of the catastrophe of the 2022 flood disaster in Anambra State.