-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael EKOKORUWE:
The Chairman of Isoko South local government area, Sir Itiako Ikpokpo, Hon. Juan Governor, chairman Ndokwa East, Hon Perez Omoun, chairman Patani local local government area, represented by the vice chairman, Hon. Perekeme D.J. Obi and High Chief Iduh Amadhe, President General Isoko Development Union, on Sunday visited Uzere Asaba – Ase road which was cut off by the ravaging flood, to access the level of devastation.
Sir Ikpokpo, also ALGON chairman Delta state, led the delegation and commended Asaba–Ase,, Uzere and Abari people for their self help efforts that has salvaged the flood situation, noting that the state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa was proactive over the flood and never expected that the flood would cut off the only road linking both communities.
He assured the people of government’s commitment towards providing speed boats and food to those whose farm have been washed away by the ravaging flood. Ikpokpo, however noted that, government may not provide camps to accommodate flood victims this year.
The ALGON chairman appealed to the people to steer clear from the area devastated by the ravaging flood, stressing that the current is very high and dangerous to human lives. He reiterated that the chairman of Ndokwa East and Patani local government area will always respond as government is aware of the flood situation in the area.
Ikpokpo stated that the delegation will visit the area again next week to provide necessary logistics that can cushion the effects of the flood devastation.
Hon. Juan Governor while commending the ALGON chairman, expressed government’s commitment towards the construction of a bridge in the area to avert future occurrence, just as Hon. Perez Omoun, represented by Hon. Perekeme Obi, described the flood devastation as massive, noting that the area is riverine and promised the people of security of lives and property.
For his part, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, commended the three local government chairmen for personal assessment of the flood situation, noting that the level of devastation is enormous as people from Isoko South cannot go to Asaba–Ase, Ndokwa East and Patani local government area.
Amadhe maintained that, famers cannot carry their produce across as the road linking the three local government area has been cut off by the ravaging flood. He appealed to the three council chairmen to lead a delegation to Governor Okowa, adding that the level of the flood devastation is bigger than what they can handle.
The I.D.U. president appealed to government to provide speed boats that can ameliorate the suffering of the people, just as he disclosed that the flood will continue to rise and if urgent steps are not taken, human lives may be in danger, adding that the flood may recede by November 2020.
Also speaking was the President General of Asaba–Ase community, Mr. Alabo Geoffrey. He stated that the flood has cut off the only road leading to Asaba-Ase and other riverine communities, noting that residents of the area through self efforts were able to cross over 40 vehicles and people stranded after the flood cut – off the road at the weekend.
He maintained that no vehicle and motorcycle can cross to Asaba–Ase even as the flood level is still rising from the river banks. Alabo said, the community through self efforts also built a blockade to prevent the flood from taking over the town. Hon. Amakepreye from Abari community called on the state government for urgent rescue as the flood is about taking over Abari community.
In attendance was Hon. Amaleka Friday, leader of the legislative arm, Ndokwa East local government area, people from Asaba –Ase, Uzere and Abari communities.