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Flooding: Dredge River Niger, Elumelu urges FG

Posted on November 14, 2022

By Levinus Nwabughiogu-Abuja

Following the havoc poignantly unleashed on many homes and communities by flooding, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has urged the federal government to take step dredge rivers and water ways as long-term solution to the menace.

Elumelu made the call during a visit to flood victims at the six Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in his Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, Delta State on Friday where he made also cash donations to each of the camps totaling N25 million to support their feeding, medication and other urgent essential needs.

Accompanied by other notable leaders in the constituency which included a
renowned political leader in the State, Chief Nkem Okwuofu, the members representing Aniocha South, Oshimili South and North in the State House of Assembly, the Chairmen of the four Local Government Areas in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency and PDP House of Assembly Candidates for Aniocha South and Oshimili North, Elumelu also revealed that he had concluded arrangements for the provisions of relief materials for the flood victims, to enable them go back to their various communities when the flood receded.

Areas visited included the Ogbuaofu, Oneh and Head Bridge Camps in Asaba, Oshimili South; the Illah and Ugbolu Camps in Oshimili North as well as Ewulu Camp in Aniocha South of the State.

The minority leaders stressed that the wellbeing and development of the people will continue to be the center point of his activities as the representative of the people.

Speaking to journalists after the visits, the federal lawmaker said that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had always been known to empathize with the plight of the people adding that the Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the Vice-Presidential Candidate and Governor of Delta State, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa as well as the PDP Governorship Candidate in the State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori have also identified with the victims at their trying time.

He said: “As you know, the wellbeing of the people is the center point of my activities as the representatives of my people. That is also the focus of our party, the PDP and our leaders.

“My Governor, His Excellency, Sen (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa has demonstrated it several times and he continues to do so. As the child of the Governor and the representatives of the people, I am always in touch with my people and I am here to support those who are displaced as a result of the natural disaster.

“I am also calling on NEMA, as a matter of urgency, to attend to our resolution in the House of Representatives to send relief materials to our people. The Federal Government should also look for a long-term measure to address the flooding issue in the country and especially in my Federal Constituency.

“The Federal Government should take urgent steps to dredge the River Niger and its tributaries. This will address the problem of perennial flooding and end the suffering of our people. There should be an accelerated intervention in that regard so that as we enter the next rainy season, our people will not have to face this kind of situation”.

In their reaction, the flood victims who included the aged men, women, youths and children expressed their gratitude to Elumelu for his gesture, praying God to continue to bless him.


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