Wife of Anambra governor visits flood victims in Ogbaru, Onitsha North, hands out palliatives

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Ebelechukwu Obiano

THE wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Ebelechukwu Obiano visited four Holding Centres where flood victims in Ogbaru and Onitsha North Local Government Areas are being catered for.

The Holding Centres are located at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Ossomala, Atani, Central School, Odekpe, Ogbaru Local Government Headquarters and the Bishop Crowther Primary School, Onitsha North.

The state currently has 17 holding centres across the six Local Government Areas (LGAs) heavily affected by flooding, including Ogbaru, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Onitsha North and Onitsha South.

Addressing the people in each of the camps, The Anambra State First Lady and founder Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFE, described the situation as unfortunate.

She noted that the flood may have occurred as a result of climate change and that the government has no choice than to make sure that victims are in safe places.

She expressed displeasure over the situation, emphasizing that her joy as a mother would not be complete if she fails to visit and see how the people are faring in spite of the pandemic.

“It was a sad moment that people were displaced from their homes; I am here to see you as a mother and to be with you, no matter the condition,’’ she said.

She, however, urged the people to keep their faith alive while assuring them that the State Government would ensure they were well cared for while at the centres.

The Governor’s wife was represented by the Commissioner for Social Welfare Children and Women Affairs, Ndidi Mezue.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala, said that health workers had been to the 17 holding centres in the six LGAs affected by floodwaters to give care to the victims.

He added that a team of case searchers were set up to identify problems in the centres and to collect samples which would help to determine possible cases of COVID-19 pandemic in such centres.

He commended the efforts of the government at the holding centres.

The Transition Committee Chairman, Ogbaru LGA, Arinze Awogu, explained that a total of 1,631 persons are currently taking shelter at Ossomala centre, while 1,735 are at the Atani site and 978 persons at Odekpe.

The items donated include drugs, mattresses, bags of rice, beans, garri, tubers of yam, cartons of noodles, bread, detergent, disinfectants, gallons of oil, cartons of biscuits, diapers, children clothing, foot wears, general household items and other essentials.

– Oct. 27 2020 @ 8:45 GMT |

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