(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) -The Rivers State House of Assembly has pleaded with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to extend the financial support to flood impacted states to Rivers State.
The decision of the lawmakers was sequel to a motion by Hon. Granville Tekena Wellinton representing Asari-Toru State Constituency 1 at the Rivers State House of Assembly on Thursday.
Making the appeal, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani noted that environmental issues are global, and that there was need for equal treatment for all the that were flood impacted this year.
Recalling how the National Meteorological Agency had earlier forecasted that Rivers State and other states along the coastal areas of Nigeria stand the risk of flood this year, the speaker wondered how the state will now be excluded in the 1.6 billion Naira intervention of the federal government to flood impacted states, when it is common knowledge that the state was heavily impacted this year.
Inn his motion, Hon. Granville Wellington had hinted his colleagues that Rivers State was excluded from the 15 states listed to benefit from the 1.6 billion intervention funds from the federal government for flood impacted states.
Listing the benefiting states to include Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto, Enugu, Lagos, Kebbi and Ekiti among others, the lawmaker recalled how flood in July displaced many homes and businesses in the state, resulting in loss of properties.
In their contributions, lawmaker after lawmaker harped on the need for the Assembly to liaise with representatives of the state at the National Assembly to reach out to the relevant authorities at the federal level to do the needful.
Hon. Victoria Nyeche and others also suggested the need to come up with a law that will check environmentally unhealthy behaviours that lead to blockage of drainage channels, as well as the setting up of the Rivers State Emergency Management Agency, to be laiasing with NEMA on emergenecy management matters.
The House also commended Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike for visiting flood impacted locations, empathising with victims and sending relief materials to them.
They however pleaded with him to extend similar assistance to other flood impacted communities in the state that are yet to benefit.
Among the contributors at the plenary were Hon. M.O.Chindah, Innocent Barikor, Victoria Nyeche,Nathaniel Owaji, Bright Amaewhule and B. Anabraba.