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Don Blames Government For 2012 Flood

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The Director, Institute of Geosciences and SpaceTechnology Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) Port Harcourt, Professor ThankGod Abam, says the lack of preparedness on the part of the government was responsible for the level of destructions witnessed during the 2012 flood incident, Prof. Abam, who said this at a flood sensitization workshop organized by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Special Duties in Port Harcourt, said that the country was not prepared for the 2012 flood disaster.

The director who spoke on the topic: “Flood Impact Mitigation in the Niger Delta”, said that this lack of preparations was responsible for the negative impact of the incident on the affected areas.

He said that the situation must however serve as a lesson to both the government and people to always be alert as well as put in place adequate measures towards containing future occurrences of natural disasters in the country.

According to him, there must be flood intelligence, gauge stations to monitor water level as well as a programme for prevention of future occurrence of natural disasters in the country.

“Communities must be prepared and be on alert. Agencies of government charged with responsibilities must be up and doing,” he said.

The university don, who described flood as the most significant aspect of climate change, added that flood mitigation strategies must cover all strata as far as flood control is concerned.

Prof. Abam stressed the need for reliable information and an integrated water management measure for the Niger Delta region as well as early warning and flood forecasting for the region.

He thanked the Natural Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the workshops and stressed the need for it to be sustained.

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NOSDRA Records 229 Pipeline Vandalisation Cases In N’Delta

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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it recorded over 229 cases of pipeline vandalisation between 2018 and 2019 in the South-South zone.
South-South Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Mr Cyrus Nkangwung who said this in a telephone interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt said the level of pipeline vandalisation has continued to increase in the region.
Nkangwung said the situation has also worsened the already polluted environment of the Niger Delta region.
“Between 2018 and 2019, we recorded about 229 cases of pipeline sabotage and it has continued to increase,” he said.
He said NOSDRA will sustain its sensitisation programme on the dangers of pipeline vandalisaiton.
“We need to enlighten communities in the region on the dangers of pipeline sabotage. The activities of vandals are destroying the environment” he said.
Meanwhile, an environmentalist, Prince William Chinwo says time has come for youths of the Niger Delta to be cautioned against involvement in activities that will destroy the environment.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt said the activities of pipeline vandals were causing untold hardship to the people of the Niger Delta.
According to him, the Niger Delta environment has been destroyed, while in some cases fires from vandalised pipelines have led to series of deaths in the region.
Chinwo also agreed with the NOSDRA Director that there is need for communities in the region to be properly sensitised with a view to calling their youths to order.
He also stressed the need for governments at all levels in the country to initiate programmes that will lead to massive employment opportunities for youths in the region.

 

John Bibor & Amina Ngoma

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Traders Laud RSG Over Weekly Sanitation Exercise

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The Rivers State Government has been commended for instituting the Thursday weekly environmental sanitation exercise in markets across the state.
A cross section of traders who spoke with our correspondent during the exercise in Port Harcourt said the situation has improved the aesthetic condition of markets in the state.
They stressed the need for the government to impose sanction on any trader who refused to clean his shop during the exercise.
Speaking, Mrs Patience Ochuze said the weekly cleanup exercise has instilled the culture of cleanliness among traders. She stressed the need for the exercise to be extended to the rural areas.
Also speaking, Mr John Amadi said it is important to cleanup markets, in order to attract customers.
“The market is where we do business, so it is important that we keep it clean he said.
Amadi also stressed the need for market leaderships across the state to impose fines on any trader who absent himself during the period of the exercise.
On her part, Mrs Chinyere Chukwudi said the exercise was the best thing that Rivers State Government has done to traders.

 

Amina Ngoma

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EU/NDSP Water Projects: Community Laments Lack Of Distribution Facilities

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The Public Relations Officer of the Nkoro Council of Chiefs in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, Alabo Rogers Ibibo Oroni III, says many households in the community are not feeling the impact of the European Union (EU) Water Projects in the community.
Alabo Oroni who said this in a telephone interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, however blamed the situation on inadequate water distribution facilities in the area.
He said this government was not to be blamed for the situation as members of the community were required to contribute some monies for the extension of the water facilities round the community and its environs.
The Council of Chiefs PRO said despite the situation, the community is grateful to the European Union (EU) for considering Nkoro community worthy for the siting of water projects.
Meanwhile, Alabo Rogers Ibibo Oroni has commended the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project, for the siting of a micro water project and civic centre in the community.
According to him, by the siting of the projects, the community is now recognised not only by the Rivers State Government but also by the European Union and the World Bank.
He said the community will ensure that both the civic centre and the water projects are properly maintained.

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