DELTA ASSEMBLY URGES OKOWA TO DIRECT RELEVANT AGENCIES TO PREPARE FOR PREDICTED FLOODING

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The Delta State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to, as a matter of urgency, direct the relevant agencies of government to commence immediate sensitization of communities along coastal communities of the state along the flood plains and tributaries of the River Niger to prevent the danger  associated with the predicted flooding of coastlines by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMeT)

The resolution was sequel to a motion brought under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by the member representing the Ughelli South Constituency, Honourable Rueben Izeze, during Tuesday’s plenary of the House.

Izeze, in the motion, particularly named coastal communities of Okwagbe, Ofrukama, Okpare and Omosuomo in Ughelli South, among others with high risk of impending flooding.

He said the motion was to forestall or minimize the devastating effect of the impending flood that had already started ravaging communities in the Savanah plains.

The Lawmaker explained that besides sensitization of residents of coastal communities, steps should also been taken to clear blocked natural waterways, desilt canals and drains as well as prepare temporary camps to accommodate would be victims of the impending flood.

Izeze recalled the heavy flooding experienced in the state in 2012, saying that it would not been as terrible and devastating if proactive measures were taken to mitigate the effect.

He said now that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, had warned that 28 states in the country, including Delta were at risk of flooding, it was pertinent for the state to prepare towards averting the imminent danger.

The Legislator, therefore stressed the need for the Governor to direct the Delta State Ministry of Environment, the Bureau for Special Duties, the State Emergency Management Agency and all other relevant government agencies to commence proactive measures in that regard.

Izeze emphasized the need for government to act fast to prevent loss of lives and property in the state to flooding.

The Chief Whip of the House, Honourable Pat Ajudua, Deputy Chief Whip, Solomon Ighrakpata,  Deputy Majority leader, Oboro Preyor and the member representing Ika north east, Anthony Ekekeokwuri, were unanimous in their arguement that urgent proactive measures must be taken to avert the impending flood disaster in the state.

They said the motion was in line with the constitutional responsibility of the House, stressing that preparing for emergency situations was key to guarding against imminent danger.

In their separate submissions, the member representing Warri south west, Honourable Dennis Guwor, Warri south two, Matthew Opuoru, Aniocha north, Emeka Nwaobi, Patani, Emmanuel Sinebe, Warri south one, Austin Uroye, Oshimili south, Shedrack Rapu and Aniocha south, Austin Chikezie, described the motion as apt and timely given the imminent danger of the predicted flooding.

The motion was unanimously adopted when put to voice vote by the Speaker, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori who presided.
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