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.
Following the recent prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) on possible flooding later this year, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Imo State operations office, has warned Imo residents living in flood prone areas to be conscious of their environment and report any overflow of their river to appropriate authorities.
The Imo State Coordinator NEMA, Dr Innocent Ezeaku, gave this warning in Owerri the Imo State capital while addressing journalists at the headquarters of the agency.
He noted that Imo State was one of the most affected states of the 2012 flood and due to this measures are being put in place to ensure that in case of any such occurrence, there are measures put in place to ameliorate the effect.
He urged residents of Oguta and Ohaji Egbema Local Government Areas of the state to be more vigilant due to the presence of the Oguta lake, a tributary of the River Niger.
He, however, noted that agency has begun construction of IDP centers that will house displaced persons in case of any occurrence.
Mr Ezeaku also said due to the incessant rainfall, the state government must keep up with their monthly sanitation exercise to ensure drainages are not blocked.
Hundreds of ex-militants from Imo state have accused President Goodluck Jonathan of not recognising the state as part of the oil producing states in the country, vowing to disrupt oil production activities.
The youths who claimed to be ex-militants from Ohaji Egbema oil producing local government area of Imo state staged a protest in Owerri, the state capital over what they termed the outright removal of Imo state from the list of the Niger Delta States.
The states included on the list are to benefit from the third phase of the Presidential Amnesty Programme by the Federal Government.
During the protest, many of the angry youths barricaded major roads in Owerri.
While carrying placards with various inscriptions, the group accused the presidential amnesty office in Abuja headed by Kingsley Kuku of deliberately excluding their state from the list.