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Imo flooding: Group blames ex-gov, Okorocha’s technical errors

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A bunch of Imo youths below the auspices of World Affiliation of Involved Imo Youth (GACIY) on Sunday blamed the previous governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, for enormous floods that submerged homes in some elements of the state.

The group mentioned,”the issue turned worse in Imo following the collection of demolitions, street enlargement works and technical errors/or incompetence on the a part of the Authorities from 2011 to 2019, resulting in destruction of flood management mechanisms throughout the state capital.”

In an announcement issued by the Convener of GACIY, Sir Collins Ughalaa mentioned, “We acknowledge the truth that authorities is a continuum. The state authorities led by Governor Hope Uzodimma acknowledges this reality as nicely. This may be seen by the novel method the Authorities is adopting to holistically deal with the problem.”

GACIY mentioned in August 2019, media studies indicated that 1000’s of individuals had been displaced and homes submerged in floodwater in communities in Oguta LGA, Ohaji/Egbema LGA and Owerri.

In keeping with the group, “The Nationwide Emergency Administration Company (NEMA) put the determine of the displaced individuals in Orsu Obodo alone at 2,000, and that 70 homes had been submerged by the flood.

“The spectacular flood management works occurring in Owerri, particularly the novel Balloon Expertise with 4 assortment centres at Dick-Tiger, MCC/Chukwuma Nwaoha, Trans-Egbu and Mbaise Street Park, is commendable.

“The latest flooding witnessed in some elements of Owerri was subsequently because of ongoing building works, which the Authorities is addressing urgently. Authorities has additionally commenced one other spherical of de-silting the drainage and would quickly handle the menace of flooding in Akwakuma and different areas.

“Imo individuals, we’d like not see the problem of flooding as a political drawback. It’s a pure catastrophe that spares no nation, state or political social gathering. Flooding isn’t any respecter of developed nations, it’s no respecter of underdeveloped nations both.

“The problem of flooding won’t go away with a wave of the hand. Authorities will do quite a bit to deal with it. Understanding this won’t solely assist us plan higher, it should as nicely equip us to reply higher in such occasions.

“We could be affected person with the Authorities, as a result of building work takes time. As it’s, the Authorities is satisfactorily addressing the issue. With the paucity of funds, the federal government is juggling a whole lot of competing tasks to deal with the problem, as a result of flooding could possibly be life threatening. That’s the reason the Authorities has prioritized it.

“We’re Imo individuals and we love our state. We must always not enable bitter politicians to drive us loopy with false claims and false alarms. Authorities is working. And the flooding we see as we speak in some elements of Owerri, we will see them no extra.”

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