By: Bamidele Fashube
Following the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA’s) prediction in the 2020 Annual flood outlook, the Delta State government has set up a 10-man Committee on the 2020 Flood Disaster Management.
NIHSA had predicted flooding in 18 local government areas of the State.
While inaugurating the committee in Asaba, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie said the Committee is to handle the probable humanitarian challenges that might be triggered following the prediction by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in its 2020 Annual flood outlook for Delta State that
Also, he said their responsibilities also include liaising with Local Government Council Chairmen to identify vulnerable communities and places of relative safety in their localities where displaced persons could be sheltered.
Ebie who Chairs the committee, said other terms of reference are identifying credible leadership structures in the vulnerable communities including traditional rulers and Presidents General in which the government could mitigate the adverse effects of the flood.
He noted that the government would adopt a different strategy in catering for displaced persons in conformity with COVID-19 preventive and safety measures.
Members of the Committee include Mr Omamofe Pirah, Commissioner Bureau for Special Duties, Co-Chairman, Mr Charles Aniagwu, Commissioner for Information, Mr Christian Onogba, Commissioner for Environment, Hon Itiako Ikpokpo, Chairman ALGON, Mr Eugene Uzum, Director General, State Orientation Bureau.
Others are:Hon Benjamin Efokodo, Executive Assistant to the Governor (Special Duties), Mr Jerome Morka (mni) Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Office of the SSG while Mr Benson Oburoh, Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Special Duties would serve as the Secretary of the Committee.