Flood: Rivers Assembly grills commissioners on preparedness

By EGUFE YAFUGBORHI

PORT HARCOURT— TO minimize the impact of another flooding as the rains intensify, Rivers State House of Assembly, yesterday, interrogated three commissioners on the state’s preparedness for a possible severe flood this year, following forecasts by Nigerian Meteorological Agency, that this year will witness more rains compared to that of last year.

Those who appeared before the lawmakers were Commissioners for Special Duties, Environment and Information. The session, which lasted close to three hours, followed a motion summoning them to educate the House on the extent of the state’s intervention in last year’s flood and its preparedness for this year.

The commissioners, Mr.  Dickson Umunakwe (Special Duties), Mrs.  Ibim Semenitari (Information) and Nyema Weli, of Environment Ministry, while briefing the House, noted that plans were yet to be put in place for another possible flood disaster in the state.

Mr. Augustine Ngor, whose motion led to the summon of the commissioners, who were all members of the 2012 State Flood Management Committee, described as meaningless, the Special Duties Commissioner’s claim that his ministry distributed 10,000 plantain suckers to farmers displaced in the 2012 flooding as post flood intervention in his constituency.

“I have no record that you distributed farm seedlings, including plantain suckers. There were over 10,000 persons displaced in Abua/Odual. But assuming you distributed to 10,000 impacted persons, that would mean that you distributed one plantain sucker to one affected person. Would you beat your chest and say that you have done well?” Ngor asked.

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