Imo state government has
announced that it plans to demolish certain structures in the state following
the red alert issued the state government by the National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) that there could be flood disasters across communities in twelve
The councils listed by NEMA
included Oweri West, Owerri North, Njaba, Nkwerre, Mbaitoli, Ezinihitte, Isu,
Isiala Mbano, Aboh Mbaise and Orlu.
The Director-General of NEMA,
Mohammed Mohammed visited the sites for an awareness campaign and said the
Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has predicted Imo as one of the states
to experience heavy rainfall this year,
Mohammed, represented by Umar
Abdulaziz, said although the state had demonstrated capacity in disaster
management in the past, urged Governor Hope Uzodimma to show more commitment
this time around.
“NIMET in January predicted that some councils in Imo would be ravaged by flood and this informed the NEMA DG’s decision to send a delegation here for an awareness campaign and early warning approach,” Abdulaziz said.
“We have interacted with all disaster stakeholders and also with the government, and I can assure you that we are satisfied with their level of preparedness but they must not relent in showing commitment at all times.”
Governor Uzodimma was represented
by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Cosmos Iwu. The governor said is
administration has been tackling flood-related issues to ensure the master-plan
of Owerri was being perpetuated. He said houses and shops restricting the
free-flow of water into Otamiri river would be destroyed.
“We are appealing to NEMA to assist us because the environmental impact of the flood in Imo is bigger than us. We have been doing our best and we will continue to do our best.
“We have received some relief items from NEMA but we are asking for more, we also commend your visit, it shows serious commitment.”