•Says Bomadi, Esama and other communities already flooded
A former militant leader, self styled Gen. Preye Ekpebide, founder of a non governmental organization Touching a Life Foundation, TLF, have appealed to Federal and State governments to make adequate provision for the protection of lives and properties in flooded communities.
Gen. Preye in a Press Statement issued yesterday to newsmen in Bomadi by his media aide Mr. Basil Ojobolo noted that Bomadi, the headquarters of the Local Government Area in Delta State and several other communities in the Niger Delta, Esama, Kamptagbene are alleged to have been ravaged by the flood.
Ekpebide who spoke through his media aide particularly raised the alarm that despite the media awareness created by the National Orientation Agency, NOA on the looming danger, he expresses worries over the high level of unpreparedness to cope with the pending disaster while noting that this said warning was not heeded to earlier during the 2012 flood saga.
The NGO also charges community leaders, Youths and various stakeholders in the country to join hands with the government to proffer solution to the looming flood.
TLF called on the government to be more serious in curtailing the menace, stressing that they should begin to clear drains, build camps for displaced persons and other palliatives to cushion the effect.
“It has come to our notice that despite the continious warnings and media orientation organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) over flood, my people are still not much aware and prepared for this danger that lies ahead. About three days ago there had been series of heavy downpour hitting the shores so badly that families from several communities have started parking including the people of Bomadi, Esanma, Ekamtagbene had their firsf hit before rescue mission were employed by community leaders to put a stop to it.
“Many homes in these communities could not stand the heavy down pour which has made some to be temporarily displaced thereby moving to neighbouring houses and community to sojourn. If we can remember what happened in 2012,this same flood warning was not yielded to and it caused serious damages of lives and properties.
“It is at this juncture the CEO of Touching A life Foundation Chief Amb Preye Ekpebide popularly known, speaking through his media aide Mr Basil Ujobolo in Bomadi is calling on relevant authorities to quickly come to their rescue. That they should start making plans to build camps,create a saving plan for relief materials which will be supposedly use. We call on both Federal,State,and local government authourities to chose credible persons to forsee such projects not for money making venture following the hard bite in the economy.” The NGO stated.