7 November 2012

Nigeria: Watch Out for Reptiles, Uduaghan Warns Flood Victims

Asaba — Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday, warned that reptiles such as snakes and other dangerous animals, could be prowling in the abandoned homes of flood victims and warned that they should not rush home until government had fumigated and cleaned-up the affected areas.

Uduaghan, who was addressing internally displaced persons, IDPs, in Asaba, said very shortly, government would embark on fumigation and clean up of homes in flood-ravaged communities.

He said the state had a package for resettlement of the victims, but would have to wait till the Flood Committee, headed by Justice Francis Tabai (rtd.), submits its report.

He said: "I wish to remind you of a committee headed by Justice Tabai, which was inaugurated recently and to say that the committee is working hard to prepare and resettle you comfortably.

"However, until that committee submits its report there is nothing much the government can do to resettle you. It is therefore better for you to wait until the report of the committee is out before you go."

Dr Uduaghan, however, advised those who were in a hurry to return home to feel free to do so, assuring that whatever was due them would eventually be distributed to them, even after they had left.

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