An information disclosed by a member of the Presidential Flood Relief Rehabilitation Committee, Mr Ifiok Abia, reveals that the Federal Government will build hostels for IDPs (Internally Displayed Persons) in 24 states affected by floods.
Mr. Abia said this while presenting relief materials to flood victims in Akwa Ibom, the Uyo State capital on Thursday, 28th April, 2016, adding that the Federal Government will also build 10 solar-powered boreholes for the IDPs. According to him, “Already, work has begun on some of the boreholes in some states while some have even been completed”.
Materials donated to Akwa Ibom flood victims as listed by Abia includes 100 bags of rice, beans, as well as cartons of sugar, tea, powdered milk and tinned tomatoes. Others are 800 ceiling boards, 20 bags of roofing nails, 800 towels, blankets, mosquito nets, pharmaceutical products, among other items.
The state’s Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo urged the federal government to see to it that contractors handling the procurement and delivery of relief materials to flood victims are from the affected states. Ekpo, who confirmed that materials listed to be delivered to the affected persons had been duly received by the state government, also appealed to citizens not to build their houses on waterways to avoid being affected by flood in case of heavy rain falls. He said:
“When you build on a water passage, it could be likened to the Biblical foolish man, who built his house on a sandy ground.
“A wise man would rather build on a ground free of water so that such building will stand the test of time.
“We have received information from weather forecasting agencies that this year’s rain will be worse and with heavier impacts than that of the last few years.
“Please ensure that you do not dump refuse on drainage because such practice will redirect the water to your house since you cannot stop water”.
We hope that since the Federal Government is already aware of the looming flood, the construction of hostels for IDPs will be urgently attended to in order to avoid subjecting Nigerian citizens to harsh conditions, if eventually we witness a heavier downpour this year.