The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties Mrs. Ibaniba Briggs-Iti has called on the people of Ogba/Egbema to practice sanitary waste management and properly dispose of their waste to avoid blockage of drains and creeks.
Mrs. Briggs-Iti made the call during the flood sensitization campaign at Omoku headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area recently.
Speaking to Community leaders and traditional rulers representing the communities that would be affected by the flood, said the campaign was peculiar to the Ogba Egbema and Ndoni people following their experience during the 2012 flood disaster.
She advised the delegates representing the communities to ensure the proper dissemination of information and warnings to the people to prepare them ahead of time.
The Permanent Secretary implored them to be responsible to their role in the mitigation of the impending flood while awaiting the Government to do her part.
Also speaking Chief Okikere Awaji Nkangwung who represented National Orientation Agency (NOA), called on the people to change their wrong attitude cultivated over time, advising them to imbibe commendable sanitary habits worthy of emulation.
Earlier in his address, the Head of Local Government Administration, Pastor Suanu who represented the Caretaker Chairman of Onelga in the Council commended the State Government for its show of commitment in alerting the community of the imminent flood in the Local government Area.
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The Caretaker Committee CTC Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Mr. Odimabo Torukwein has urged members of the Kula and Abissa Community Development Committees (CDC) to respect constituted authorities in their respective communities.
He gave the directive during the inauguration of the CDC members at the Council Secretariat in Abonnema the Local Government headquarters.
The Council boss advised them to discharge their duties with the fear of God and reminded the members that their communities have been very peaceful, and as such they should not conduct themselves in a manner that will cause problems in their respective communities, emphasizing that it is only a peaceful environment that will attract development.
The Caretaker Committee (CTC) Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Mr. Odimabo Torukwein has assured the four communities that make up Akuku-Toru ward 17, namely Idama, Soku, Abissa and Elem Sangama of increased security patrols along the waters.
Mr. Torukwein made the promise when Royal Highnesses, Chiefs, Elders, opinion leaders and CDC members from these four communities of ward 17 paid him a courtesy visit at the council Secretariat in Abonnema the Local Government headquarters.
The Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Ministry of Transport Mrs. Stella Wigwe has debunked insinuations in some quarters that she wholly supports the continuation of the Rivers State Monorail project started by the Administration of former Governor Amaechi.
The Permanent Secretary stated this shortly after conducting members of the Commission of Inquiry probing activities of the former administration around the Monorail project sites in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
According to Mrs. Wigwe so far 33.9 billion naira has gone into Phase 1A of the project which is 85 per cent complete while Phase 1B is yet to take off, stressing that having spent so much money it could be taken to Water Lines Junction.
She further said although the idea of constructing a monorail to ease traffic flow is good, for now the government has competing needs for funds, the price of oil has dropped and there is s short fall in Government revenue so continuing with the project now is not in the best interest of the State.
Rivers State Government has commenced Flood Alert Campaign in the State to sensitize the public on their responsibilities.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Special Duties, Mrs. Ibaniba Briggs-Iti said the campaign which kicked off from Obio/Akpor LGA was earmarked to create awareness in the nine flash point Local Government Areas prone to flood this year.
Explaining the cause of the imminent flood in accordance with Nigerian Metrological Prediction (NIMET) report as excessive rainfall this year and the gradual release of water from Ladgo Dam in Cameroun.
She recalled the socio-economic losses and fatality experienced in the 2012 flood disaster, praying that God would avert it this time for the safety of rivers people which according to her, is of great concern to the Government.
Mrs. Ibaniba Briggs-Iti advised the people of Obio/Akpor to be responsible to their role in the disposal of their waste, opening up water ways and clearing of drains for free out flow of water.