The Imo state government has donated relief materials worth millions of Naira to the flood victims in Oguta LGA of Imo state.
Speaking during the occasion which took place at the Oguta town hall, Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Anthony Nwuka said that he was deeply touched by the condition of the flood victims when he personally inspected the flood situation in Oguta community describing the experience as painful that should not be politicized.
He said that it was for the love he has for Imo people and particularly the Oguta people that informed his earlier response to the situation and the donation of the relief materials through Imo State Oil Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC), adding that he had sent reports appealing to the federal government, NDDC, Shell, AGIP and Chevron and all relevant agencies to come to the aid of the
He said that the donation of relief material by ISOPADEC is just to flag off the release of relief materials, urging the people to remain calm as donation from these other bodies including the federal
government will soon arrive. Items donated include, bags of rice, foams and mosquito treated nets.
The governor further said that the state government had already set up a flood disaster relief committee, which the SSG, Prof. Anthony Anwuka is the chairman to ensure even and effective distribution of relief materials to the victims and to collaborate with other agencies of
government for effective management of the disaster.
He therefore commiserated with those victims that lost their farms and other properties, praying to go give them the fortitude to bear the loss, assuring them that the state government will not rest till their
situation has been ameliorated.
Also speaking, the managing director of ISOPADEC, Prince Dr. Henry Okafor said that ISOPADEC has come to assist the people and to reduce the pains of their losses by donating the relief materials. “We have seen the devastation the people have suffered, farms and houses submerged by the floods, rendering people homeless and without food and remaint in their own communities.” He therefore appealed to the people to remain peaceful as this is just the beginning of good things to come.
Responding, the President General emeritus of Oguta town Union, Hon. Ndubuokwu Okoronkwo said that the people are happy, particularly for the concern the governor has shown on the plight of the flood victims and asked the team to send their profound appreciation to the governor for the kind gesture he has shown to Oguta people.
A cross section of the people interviewed express their appreciation to the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and appealed to other agencies and the federal government to quickly come to their aid and some of them have been rendered homeless by the flood situation.