With the upsurge of persons internally displaced by the recent floods across the state, Delta State Government has called on the Federal Government and good spirited persons to complement its efforts in catering for IDPs.
This call was made by the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie Esq during his tour around IDP camps in Patani, Isoko-south, Isoko-north, Ndokwa-east, Aniocha-north and Ndokwa-west Local Government Areas earlier today.
Addressing newsmen, Ebie who doubles as the Chairman of the 2019 Flood Risk Alert Management Committee, constituted by the Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed general satisfaction with conditions of the camps albeit with some reservations.
“This is an emergency arrangement and so it is not perfect. The only problem we seem to have has to do with camp population upsurge which is way above our projections.
Delta State Government has been very proactive, in keeping with its Stronger Delta agenda, in acting as soon as the flood predictions were announced but we cannot carry everything alone, we expect the Federal Government to support us. No support is too small and if the Federal Government can support there is no problem. Last year we got some support from Federal Government in terms of relief materials and we look forward to it again this year” he said.
With 11 camps established in flood prone areas across the state, the SSG pegged the total population in camps at slightly over 18, 000, stressing that the state government is considering building Purpose Built camps across the state.
While promising to address lapses observed in some of the camps, Ebie cautioned camp officials to be responsible and prudent as government cannot afford to fund wastages.
Officials of Delta State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and other collaborating bodies also accompanied the SSG on the inspection.