Willie Obiano, the former Governor of Anambra state has commiserated with Gov. Chukwuma Soludo and people of the state over the damage the boat had caused in Ogbaru Local Area of the state. Obiano conveyed his message in a statement made available to newsmen by Mr Tony Nezianya, his publicity Secretary on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the boat was carrying flood victims from Umunankwo Community of Ogbaru LGA to upland area when it capsized leaving some souls unrecognised dead . Obiano said the incident was a sad one which has led to the massive flooding which ended destroying the lives of people,and thereby washing away their houses and farmlands. He called on governments at all levels to take steps to tackle the emergency head-on.
The ex Governor expressed his deep sympathy with the Government and families of the victims of the accident. According to him, I share the grief of victims of the emergency, who should endeavour to follow government’s wise counsel to evacuate to safety until the floodwaters recede.
‘’The flooding has also wrecked havoc in Anambra East and West, Ayamelum as well as Ogbaru areas of the state.
‘’I have been duely informed that so many have lost their lives as a result of displacements by the raging floodwaters, as well as farmlands that have been washed away.
‘’I humbly plead on the Federal Government to offer leadership at this point to mitigate the disaster by ensuring the speedy release of ecological funds in supporting the state in tackling the emergency,” he said.
The ex Governor Obiano, an indigene of Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, one of the badly affected area, said the issue of climate change should be taken into full consideration seriously as it was contributing to the yearly disaster. Obiano further said that diligent intervention by relevant stakeholders would help reduce the burden caused by the disaster adding that deliberate efforts must begin towards finding a permanent solution to flooding. He quickly advised that the water released from Cameroonian dams should be properly used and managed well‘’and urged everyone to always remember those that thave so far died as a result of the flooding menace over our state and in the past week he said’’.