Following the torrential rains and flood which submerged parts of Port-Harcourt, capital of Rivers State and its environs on Tuesday,the State Government has advised Local Government Chairmen and respective Ministries/Departments/Agencies (MDA) to prepare for emergency situations in flood-prone communities across the State.
This follows the 2021 Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMET) and the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) warnings of adverse weather predictions across the country and in particular, Rivers State.
At a closed-door meeting with the affected Council Chairmen, NEMA officials, and the relevant MDAs in Port- Harcourt, the Secretary to the State Government,(SSG), Dr. Tammy Danagogo who represented the Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said the meeting was called to make contingency arrangements for emergencies that may arise as a result of flood situations in the State, particularly considering the precarious position of Rivers State in the predictions of NiMET and its geological location at the bank of the Atlantic Ocean.
Dr.Danagogo said as Chief Security Officers of their areas,the Council Chairmen must be proactive in facing and overcoming the challenges of their residents in these floody times.
His words:”His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, has directed me to interface with NEMA, Council Chairmen, and relevant Ministries to guarantee that all parties know their roles in order to avert the expected flood that may result in the displacement of our people. ”
“I believe that by the time you synergize your experiences with the expertise from NEMA, we should be able to work and provide solutions against flood disaster in our State.”
“I further urge residents of our dear State to imbibe good sanitary habits. Do not dump refuse in the gutters or build on water channels. Such crude habits will only compound flood situations across the state,”he said.
The SSG had earlier commiserated with the Council Chairmen over the sudden demise of one of them, Hon. David Irimagha, Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area who passed away a few days ago.
Contributing, NEMA South-South Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Godwin Tepikor said the State should make adequate preparations to contain up coming flood in some areas of the State.
He noted that by the second week of November, the rains will be adverse and urged all persons in flood-prone communities to be prepared and move out to designated camps should the need arise.
Also speaking, Rivers Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon Emeka Onowu, acknowledged that Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps were being prepared for predicted areas that might be affected in the 2021 scientific weather report.
The affected Local Government Areas include:Port-Harcourt, Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Asari -Toru, Akuku- Toru, Etche, Eleme, Abua/Odual, Andoni, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Obio/Akpor, Khana, Oyigbo, Okrika, Tai, and Ogu/Bolo.###
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