7 November 2012

Nigeria: Delta Govt. Fo Clean, Fumigate Flood-Ravaged Areas Before Residents Are Allowed Back

The Delta Government will clean up and fumigate the homes of flood victims before they could be allowed to go back to their various communities, Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan has said.

Speaking in Asaba on Tuesday while addressing flood victims at the Saint Patrick's College camp, Uduaghan said the move was for the victims' safety.

"It will be dangerous for them to go back to their different places of abode when such places have not been fumigated and cleaned up," he said.

The governor cautioned that reptiles and other dangerous animals could still be lurking around.

He therefore urged the victims not to hurry back to their homes until it was safe, to avoid unpleasant consequences.

Uduaghan also disclosed that the state government has a package for their resettlement.

He said that as soon as the committee set up to arrange for their resettlement submits its report, the state government would provide the necessary materials that would enable them resettle comfortably.

"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.

"But, 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," the governor said.

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

The governor expressed appreciation to God for sustaining them till this moment.

He enjoined the victims to continue to be prayerful, especially as God made it possible for them to survive the flood.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the victims, especially the fishermen, had expressed desire to leave the camp and return to their homes.

Some of the victims thanked the governor and expressed their appreciation to him for rising to the occasion when they were displaced.


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