by crossriverwatch admin
Human Rights Lawyer and chieftain of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Barrister Obono Obla has called on the Cross River State government to take concrete steps to avoid another round of flooding in the state and waiting to receive relief materials from donor agencies .
Obla spoke on the heels of a recent flood alert by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in which Cross River was listed among states most susceptible to heavy flooding in 2013.
The CPC chieftain noted that the government has not taken any serious or concrete and aggressive measures to prevent a recurrence of the 2012 flooding which claimed lives and destroyed properties and farmlands in many parts of the state.
He said rather than taking the NIMET warning seriously, government agency is looking forward to how to receive relief materials from both the federal government and donor agencies.
In an Interview with crossriverwatch, Obla said, “As another rainy season beckons, I call on relevant authorities in Cross River State to as a matter of urgency take concrete steps to avoid another flooding across the state. NIMET, in my opinion, has done its statutory duty of raising flood alerts in states believed to be prone to flooding this year just like it did in 2012. It is therefore the responsibility of the governments concerned to address this while it still can to prevent needless loss of human lives and properties. I urge the good people of Cross River State to keep clean environments and to avoid dumping of materials capable of blocking the waterways.”
It would be recalled that crossriverwatch recently reported the South South regional media briefing by NEMA where it was revealed that Cross River State was the worst hit by flood disasters in the region in the year 2012.
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