December 9, 2023

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PH Flood: Dakuku Challenges Wike  

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A former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is not happy that flood has continued to harass residents of Port Harcourt, with the governor, Nyesom Wike not seen to be doing enough to check the menace
He wants Wike to urgently reactivate the drainage master plan which he said was put in place by his predecessor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi.
He lamented that Rivers people have suffered untold hardship as a result of the flooding, which had long ago been predicted by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), with the state featuring prominently.

According to him, Amaechi had put in place a drainage master plan for the city of Port Harcourt and was already being executed before he left office in 2015 but was however abandoned by Wike for political reasons.

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He chided Wike for not paying attention to early warning signals from NIMET but chose to put the blame on Rivers people who were already suffering from lack of jobs and economic empowerment.

 “Our people are traumatized, a lot of persons are displaced, we have lost several goods and properties estimated at over N3bn, social and economic life has been disrupted because the state government slept off.

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“The governor awards projects from his office without going through the due process and the very important Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which has unfortunately led to pain and agony being experienced by Rivers people.

“It is even more shocking that the state government is yet to respond, even if half-heatedly to the cries of the people but has chosen to blame everybody other than itself. A responsive government should by now be engaging and looking for ways out of the crisis.

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“Port Harcourt has never had it this bad and it can only mean that the state’s relevant ministries, departments, and agencies are either incompetent in carrying out their duties or have been starved of necessary funds to function optimally.”

The former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) called on the government to immediately mobilize resources of the state to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.

“With heavy rains expected in coming weeks as predicted by NIMET, it will only be natural that the Rivers government immediately activate the moribund state’s emergency management agency that can react swiftly to serious situations and arrest whatever difficulty the people may be facing.”

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