Anambra gov’t promises more assistance to persons affected by flood
By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Governor of Anambra State Dr. Willie Obiano has assured of the state government’s continuous assistance to persons affected by this year’s flood disaster in the state to ensure they bounce back to their normal living.
The governor gave the assurance during the flag off of the 2018 Anambra State Relief Intervention for People affected by flood under the auspices of Bright Vision Health Foundation, (BVHF) in collaboration with the Latter-Day Saint Charities, in Awka.
Governor Obiano represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke who disclosed that the state government through the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA has been supportive to the people since the emergence of the flood till date, said the government would not relent in giving them succour.
Governor Obiano while describing the intervention of the charity groups as commendable said the gesture is apt as it is done during the Christmas celebration season and would help in giving the people a sense of belonging as they have lost a lot to the flood disaster.
In their remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of the BVHF, Ambassador Adaobi Dozie, and the State President Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mr. Peter Ezeigwe said the gesture was to assist the efforts of the state government in alleviating the sufferings of the people that were bedeviled by the natural disaster in the state, promising continued support to the state government.
The relief materials donated by the groups were bags of rice, tomatoes, red and groundnut oil, cartons of noodles and mattresses, among others.
Meanwhile, this period of the year ordinarily is the beginning of the dry season but for those at the riverine communities, it is the commencement of new farming season.
Our Correspondent who was at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area observed that cultivation has reached advance stage at the riverine communities of Ogbaru, Anambra West and Anambra East Local Government Area, crops have germinated while farmers were seen applying various techniques to keep the weeds away.
A farmer Mrs. Pauline Chukwuife said they normally start early to enable them harvest early, listing crops for early cultivating to include cassava, yam, and vegetables among others.
She said she was pleased with accelerated pace of Agricultural development in the state and requested the state government to allow them to access loan directly.
Another farmer, Mrs. Chiom Azoo pleaded for government intervention in the area of provision of farm inputs, lamenting that the last flooding left them with little seedlings and other farm inputs.