Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano on Tuesday sought President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention in alleviating the suffering of over 5,000 people displaced by floods in four local government areas of the State.
After the meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Governor said: “Four of my local governments, that is four out of 21 are under water now as we speak because of this flood and it affected a lot of things, properties which include farm produce and what have you.
“So, I called on Mr. President to assist us at this very crucial time being a COVID time and now, the flood we are experiencing this time around is like 2012 which is terrible. So, he promised to do something immediately.”
On the extent of damage, Obiano said: “We have over 5,000 people displaced and we already prepared some receptacles where we received the displaced people.
“But they will need help now and also need help when the water is receding because they lost their property which majorly include their produce which was nor harvested before this flood creeped in.
“I believe Mr. President will be able to assist us to be able to support these families that have been displaced in this manner.”
The Governor said he also discussed the issue of the 2nd Niger Bridge and the state of federal roads with the president, asking also for his intervention to fast track the ongoing construction work.
According to the Governor: “I did also apprise him on the progress so far made on the 2nd Niger Bridge. If you watch from their side, you will see that almost half of that bridge has been done.
“But because the water level is very high, the contractor working in that bridge requires some equipment which they’ve already purchased long ago sitting in Germany and requires some support from Central Bank to be able to bring in those equipment.
“I did mention that to him and the President noted that and said he will do something about that.”