"Move To Safe Areas, Flood Is Imminent" –Ossai Warns People In Delta Riverine Communities

Nigeria, October 05, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) – 

Hon. Chika Ossai
Hon. Chika Ossai

THE Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties in Delta State, Hon. Chika Ossai has warned those living in riverine communities to relocate to safer places to avoid the wrath of the impending flood.

Hon. Ossai who spoke on Sunday, September 04, 2015 at a thanksgiving service held at the Great Gospel Ministries (TGGM), Asaba presided by Pastor Daniel Ohanugo stated that the fact that some communities are already flooded in some parts of the north were strong indications that the flood was real.

According to him, “the flood alert is not a joke, our Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has shown serious commitment to safeguard the lives and property of Deltans, he has set up committee on flood which has the Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro as Chairman, but, it will be better if people move to safer places, they can go and temporary live with their families, the ordeal may not be more than a month but we should not wait for it to happen before we relocate.”

“Those who were affected in the 2012 flood, people in Oshimili South, Ndokwa West, Ndokwa East, Isoko South and Isoko North, Patani, Ughelli South, Bomadi, Burutu, among others should as a matter of urgency, relocate, we don’t want a loss of life, there should be minimal damage to property because, certainly, they cannot move with their houses but, they can remove their valuables,” he said, reiterating, “the flood can get to your community, your houses at any time, in the night; afternoon or morning, just move to safe areas.”

On the essence of the thanksgiving, Hon. Ossai stated, “though, times are tough, we need to thank God for His blessing, thank God for the opportunity to serve Deltans in the prosperity train of Governor Okowa and use the opportunity to pray that the flood will not take life, will not destroy properties of our people and to tell Pastors, Imams and other religious leaders to be involved in the enlightenment campaign, sensitize our people in riverine communities to relocate.”

On the preemptive measures been taken by government, Hon. Ossai said, “the best measure is for people in the riverine communities to move out and live with their relations till the flood is over, we cannot stop the flood, the rain is much this year, we can only do our best, the committee on flood is already working and at the appropriate time, they will brief the press on their activities.”

Earlier in a sermon, Pastor Ohanugo said it was important for people to give thanks to God, stating that before man was born, he was already known by God and all that he does in life has been pre-destined by God.

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