By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—NO fewer than eight traditional rulers have been sent on forced exile along with scores of their subjects, following severe coastal floods that hit the communities, described as the worst in history.
The communities are in Ndokwaland, a coastal area of Delta State.
As a result of the incident, the member representing Ndokwa East constituency in the State House of Assembly, Chief Olisa Imegwu, has sent an SOS (Save Our Souls) message, calling for help.
Imegwu, who was also former Speaker of the House, in an interview with our reporter, listed the affected communities and their traditional rulers to include: “the Igwe of Aballa, Inawai of Onya, Okpala Uku of Utchi; Okpala Uku of Aballa Oshimili; Okpala Uku of Utuoku; Igwe of Ase; Oghene of Ibedeni ; Okpala Uku of Ekpe, among others.”
As a remedy the lawmaker suggested that “NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta and Delta State Government should build shore embankments to protect the sores and stop erosion, build roads and good drainage systems.”
Investigation showed that although the dry season has set in, the flooding which occurred about two months back is yet to recede.
A similar disaster took place sometime in July 2005 in Patani local government area of State which rendered many families. Communities affected then were Toru Angiama, Adoubu, Angoloma and Abaro communities in Patani local government area of the state.