The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru, has promised to look into all abandoned Federal Government projects in Imo State which was approved through the Ministry of Niger Delta affairs.
The Minister disclosed this during his visit to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Mr Uguru expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work on some Federal Government projects in the state, especially the bad state of Owerri-Port Harcourt expressway way by Umuapu community and the total neglect of the low-cost housing project in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.
At the Owerri-Port Harcourt road by Umuapu, the Minister said that he would not sign any certificate of payment with regards to the road until a satisfactory job was done.
He also promised to ensure that Imo State enjoys the benefits of being one of the Niger Delta states.
In response, the Imo State Governor said that over the years, especially throughout the last administration at the centre, no feasible project had been initiated or commissioned by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Niger Delta affairs.
After the meeting, the team from the Ministry of Niger Delta, led by the Minister, accompanied by the Managing Director of the Imo State Oil Producing Development Commission (ISOPADEC) visited some projects in the state.
Residents and indigenes of Oguta Local Government Area (LGA) living around flood prone areas have been advised to relocate to upper lands where their lives and property will be adequately secured, pending the time the ravaging flood will reduce.
The passionate appeal was issued on Monday by the Executive Secretary of the Imo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs Uche Ezeonyeasi, who visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp set up to house some flood victims in Oguta area.
She handed over to the displaced persons additional relief materials made available by the State government.
The Imo State government, through the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) had earlier provided relief materials to the flood victims.
Mrs Ezeonyeasi, however, noted that since flood was a natural disaster that could not be averted, SEMA had already done several sensitisation for the people of the zone prior to this time.
She disclosed that no lives were lost at the moment, but several homes and farmlands were badly affected.
According to her, the relief materials are to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims.
The Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, also visited the flood victims to sympathise with them and also promised them of the State government’s support and care.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had issued an alert that there would be flood in some particular zones in the country of which Imo State was one of them.
The Imo State government through the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) has provided relief materials to the people of Oguta.
This is to alleviate their immediate suffering and hardship following the rampaging flood that submerged many houses and displaced many people in riverine Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
Speaking to Channels Television at the ISOPADEC office after the distribution of the relief materials, the acting Managing Director of the commission, Kingsley Uju, said that the move was to provide immediate succour to victims of the flood disaster.
According to him, the relief material is more of food items for their immediate consumption pending the time the water goes down.
He said that the federal government would also intervene in helping the victims.
He, however, urged people living in the area to move to the upper lands and also the camps built by the state government for flood displaced people, located in Oguta and Ohaji Egbema, pending the time the flood subsides.