Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Anambra is Dare Ready to Tackle Flood—Gov. Obiano

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has said that his administration’s has made necessary arrangements to tackle national disasters, especially flood which had submerged ten communities in the state.

Obiano, who disclosed this while declaring open the Anambra state fire and safety summit recently held by Anambra State Emergency Agency(SEMA) in collaboration with the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), explained that adequate plans has been put in place to safeguard people living in the affected areas.

He further posited that the government has procured ten trucks for fire fighting in period of emergencies in the state, even as he charged the affected citizenry to heed to the advice by the experts and vacate a place threatened by flood and move to a safer area for safety as flood moves without warning. 

While contributing, the National President, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba advocated for the establishment of Anambra State Safety Commission to ensure safety of lives and property in the state.

According to Ilodiuba, the body has already agreed with the state government on legal backing for its implementation, while the summit was targeted at creating safety consciousness on how to safeguard people from avoidable disasters including, erosion, flood and building collapse.

On his part, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Emergency Agency, Paul Odenigbo, observed that scores of accidents and building collapse that have ravaged the state in recent times raised a huge concern from the government, coupled with the unending threat of flood in some parts of the state.

Odenigbo further acknowledged that not less than 10 volunteers have been trained from each local government of the state to assist in the identified areas, and called for more volunteers as his agency is not taking anything for chance, having identified flood-prone areas and made adequate arrangement to relocate the victims to safer grounds.



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