The Special Assistant to the Deputy Senate President on Political Matters, Barrister Raymos Guanah, on Monday presented relief materials to flood victims in Patani local government area to cushion the effect of flooding on the people of the area.
The SA, who was represented by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Patani LGA, Joseph Ekiyor, said the gesture was a way of identifying with the people in their present situation.
He said the losses suffered to flooding in the Council Area were in excess of N500m in value, including farm lands, fishing nets, fishing traps and household property.
Guanah, a former Commissioner for Lands and Surveys in Delta State, called on the state government and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to open up the culverts along the Patani/Uzere road being constructed by the NDDC, to ease the flow of the flood water in the area.
He also used for opportunity to call on the federal and state governments, as well as the NDDC and the Ecological Fund office to take urgent steps to address the coastal erosion problem in Abari community to save it from being washed into the river.
The Deputy Senate President’s aide also stressed the need to construct foreshore walls and embankments in communities on the banks of the river to forestall recurrent flooding.
Responding, the Chairman of Patani Local Government Council, Mr Perez Omoun, commended Barrister Guanah for the gesture, noting that he had always supported the people whenever called upon.
He promised that the items would be equitably distributed to the affected persons and advised relevant government agencies to urgently address the coastal erosion issue in Abari.
Guanah, a former Chairman of Patani local government, ,hails from Abari community.
The items presented include; 50 cartons of noodles tubbers of yam and
bags of salt.