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Flood: Edo com­mu­ni­ties seek re­lief for IDPs

- From Us­man A. Bello,Benin Hunger · Nigeria News · Society · Disasters · Politics · Natural Disasters · Social Issues · Edo State · Nigeria

Lead­ers of Aneg­bette and Udochi com­mu­ni­ties worst hit by floods in South Uneme Clan, Et­sako Cen­tral Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Edo State have called for ur­gent gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion in the pro­vi­sion of re­lief ma­te­ri­als to In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) to avoid food crises and out­break of diseases.

The Pres­i­dent of Aneg­bette De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (ADA), Emma Okolo, and the Na­tional Pres­i­dent of Udochi De­vel­op­ment Union (UDU), Mr. Abubakar Aleobua, said thou­sands of peo­ple in the river­ine com­mu­ni­ties had been dis­placed from their an­ces­tral homes and that many of them were now tak­ing shel­ter un­der trees.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists, Okolo and Aleobua said only the prompt in­ter­ven­tion by gov­ern­ment and con­cerned bod­ies would bring re­lief and suc­cour to the peo­ple whose farm­lands and agri­cul­tural pro­duce worth hun­dreds of mil­lions of naira had been de­stroyed.

Okolo said, “Hun­dreds of houses in Aneg­bette were sub­merged, our farm pro­duce, mostly rice, cas­sava, yam, pep­per, toma­toes and oth­ers were washed away. Our peo­ple are at the mercy of God as we speak.

“Our plea goes to not only the gov­ern­ment but also hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­ter­na­tional bod­ies.

On his part, the UDU Pres­i­dent, Aleobua lamented that the only IDP camp in the LGA was not eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and there­fore called for the es­tab­lish­ment of one closer to the com­mu­nity.

He said, “Our peo­ple are go­ing through un­told hard­ship as many have been with­out food and ad­e­quate cloth­ing for days. The com­mu­nity school build­ings, our health cen­tre and places of wor­ship are un­der the wa­ters.

“Gov­ern­ment must de­clare an emer­gency in th­ese ar­eas and send NEMA and sis­ter agen­cies to visit af­fected com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vide them with re­lief ma­te­ri­als or else we may wit­ness a se­vere health cri­sis.”

Also, the Mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Akoko-Edo Fed­eral Con­stituency, Peter Ohio­zoje Ak­pata­son, has warned of dan­gers the in­creas­ing num­ber­sof In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) in the coun­try might pose.

The leg­is­la­tor told jour­nal­ists that the high num­ber of IDPs in the coun­try did not au­gur well for Nige­ria and there­fore urged the gov­ern­ment to take con­crete steps to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

Hon. Ohio­zoje said, “The flood­ing has in­creased the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of IDPs in the coun­try when we al­ready have those caused by in­sur­gency in the North.”

While de­scrib­ing the sit­u­a­tion as un­ac­cept­able, he said, gov­ern­ment must fo­cus on how to re­turn those af­fected by floods back to their com­mu­ni­ties and re­set­tle them.

 ?? Photo: NAN ?? Pupils of Bayelsa State Model Pri­mary and Se­condary School wade through flood wa­ter within their school’s premises in Ye­nagoa yes­ter­day
Photo: NAN Pupils of Bayelsa State Model Pri­mary and Se­condary School wade through flood wa­ter within their school’s premises in Ye­nagoa yes­ter­day

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