Based on the prediction by NEMA, the Wike Administration has ignited the flood response system in DEGEMA, ONELGA, Obio Akpor, Abua/Odua, Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Akuku Toru, Gokana, Opopo, Port Harcourt City, Bonny, Gokanna, Oyigbo and Etche Local Government Areas. Other Local Government Areas will also receive due attention from the Rivers State Government.
The Rivers State Government under the leadership of Governor Wike at the last consultative meeting with Stakeholders declared that early proactive measures are necessary to minimize emergency situations from the flooding. The State Government stated that it will work with the Local Government Councils to ensure that residents of flood prone areas vacate before the floods take their toll.
The relevant Ministries: Environment, Health, Special Duties, Information and Office of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government have been programmed and mandated by the Rivers State Governor to work with the affected Local Government Areas to tackle the predicted flood and mitigate the impact on Rivers people.
The Rivers State Government also worked with the Local Government Councils to create local emergency management committee structures .
NEMA was represented at the meeting convened by the Rivers State Government. NEMA Representative, Mr Egwu Damian assured the State Government of early Information sharing. He said the reason for the reoccurring flooding in the State is due to its location by the bank of the Atlantic Ocean.
Contrary to the lies by the Former Information Commissioner, last year, the Rivers State Government worked with the Local Government Areas in the Orashi Region to set up Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps. The IDPs were cared for in these camps.
The State Government and the respective councils embarked on sustained enlightenment programmes.
The Rivers State Government and other key stakeholders supplied relief materials to the displaced persons. At the tail end, NEMA after engagements with the Rivers State Government also supplied relief materials.
So, Tam-George just repeated what has been reported in several newe outlets on the steps taken by the Rivers State Government to contain the predicted floods in parts of the state. He pretends to be concerned, but flooding should not be politicised. Floods should not be used to seek attention. Rather than fabricate on a weekly basis, Tam-George and his new political party should look for ways to resolve their internal crisis ahead of the 2023 general elections.