By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA—VICTIMS of the recent flood that ravaged parts of Anambra State would require about N500 million for their rehabilitation and reconstruction of public buildings, Director of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Nwabufo Ijezie, has said.
Three local government areas in the state, namely Anambra East, Anambra West and Ogbaru, were badly affected by the flood which destroyed crops and submerged people’s homes and school buildings.
Many families had to relocate to upland communities where they took shelter while waiting for the flood to recede.
Ijezie, who conducted Governor Peter Obi round the devastated area at Mmiata Anam in Anambra West local government area when the governor visited the area, said though the flooding happened every year, this year ‘s took everybody by surprise because of the overflowing of the dams in Niger Republic, which caused heavy flooding among communities living on the banks of River Niger.
The SEMA director said the assessment of the situation was done with officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, adding that NEMA officials were expected to present Anambra’s case to the appropriate authorities in Abuja.
“When this thing happened, we got the governor, Mr. Peter Obi, to come and see the extent of destruction and he is also expected to present the case to the Federal government in Abuja because this is beyond what the state government can handle. We have put in what we have, but it is definitely not enough and that is why we are soliciting the assistance of the Federal government and from other external sources,” he said.
“We have been appealing to the affected communities to be patient since it will take some time for the money to be appropriated,” he said.
Addressing the people of Anambra West, Governor Obi advised them to be patient, adding that government was doing everything possible to lessen their burden.
He promised that the on-going construction of Umueze Anam – Umuoba Abegu – Mmiata Anam road being handled by Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) would be vigorously pursued during the dry season. He also promised to allocate a bus to the secondary school in the area to ease the movement of the students and their teachers.
Earlier in their address, the people of Mmiata –Anam had commended the governor for relocating the comprehensive Primary Health Care center originally meant for Agulu, the governor’s town, to Mmiata Anam, adding that the center would help to reduce the problem faced by the people of the area who had to travel long distance to get medical attention.