BY SIMON EBEGBULEM & GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
…Oshiomhole doles out N100m to flood victims
BENIN—NO fewer than seven communities in Etsako-Central Local Government Area of Edo State were, weekend, submerged as the River Niger over- flowed its bank, displacing the inhabitants and destroying crops and livestock.
The affected communities are Udaba, Ekperi, Usugbenu, Anegbete, Imiegba and Agenebode.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Mr. Aams Oshiomhole, has released N100 million for the provision of relief materials to victims of the flood.
Oshiomhole assured that the state government would liaise with the Federal Government to find a long-term solution to the flood to avoid a re-occurrence. The governor, who visited the displaced persons and the flooded communities, said the natural disaster caused by the overflowing of the River Niger had led to loss of property worth billions of naira in the state.
He said: “What has happened is an act of God and no one can challenge the will of God. In other parts of the country, we have heard of the loss of lives, but so far, we have not recorded any death. Let us pray that the river goes back to its boundary.
“As a government, we will try as much as possible to reduce the hardship suffered by the people by providing relief materials. What we cannot change, we will bear. President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government are concerned about this calamity.”
Oshiomhole, who flew in a helicopter and also rode in a canoe to get to the affected communities to see for himself the extent of damage done by the flood, admonished the victims to remain faithful that the calamity would soon be over to enable them return to their father land.