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Residents of Onitsha Advised to Relocate Before 2023 Flood Devastations

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Residents of Onitsha Advised to Relocate Before 2023 Flood Devastations
President General of Onitsha, Sir Chike Ekweogwu, has advised residents of Onitsha to relocate before the 2023 flood devastations. He emphasized the need for them to find refuge in upland areas to avoid catastrophic consequences. Massive sensitization and public enlightenment have been carried out to advise those living along the bank of River Niger.

AWKA - President General of Onitsha, Sir Chike Ekweogwu, has advised residents of the commercial city residing or doing businesses along the bank of River Niger to relocate in earnest before the 2023 flood devastations begin.

Ekweogwu, who specifically mentioned the Bridge Head mar­ket, the building materials mar­ket, other markets, and residential buildings on the bank of the River Niger as the worst hit whenever the catastrophe occurred in the area, emphasized the dire need for them to begin to find refuge in the upland areas early enough to avert catastrophic consequences associated with the deluge.

The President-General, who spoke with our correspondent in his office at Igwe Alfred Nnaeme­ka Achebe's palace in Onitsha, said although the Federal Gov­ernment of Nigeria had reached an understanding with the gov­ernment of Cameroon to release its dam in bits to avoid excessive flooding in nearby countries, he said the coming of the flood has not been completely ruled out.

Ekweogwu noted that it was as a result of the foregoing that mas­sive sensitization and public en­lightenment had been carried out to advise those close to the River Niger to make contingency plans and relocate for their own safety rather than wait for the flood to come before they take action.

The PG said, "We are happy that the Federal Government has resolved with Cameroon not to release water from the dam in torrents. That it should be done bit by bit.

"We are speaking with peo­ple who live and do businesses around the areas where the flood happened last time to relocate be­fore the flood eventually comes.

"We are speaking with those who have industries at Head Bridge and other industrial ar­eas who were badly affected by the flood in previous years, and some of them are now building scale pallets to protect their goods from the flood."

According to him, ASATU Anambra-North would also con­vene a meeting to discuss miti­gation plans for flood victims in the area.

As the 2023 flood season looms, residents of Onitsha are being advised to proactively relocate from the bank of River Niger. This call comes from the President General of Onitsha, Sir Chike Ekweogwu, who highlights the risks faced by those residing or conducting businesses along the riverbank.

Speaking about the Bridge Head market, the building materials market, and other markets situated on the bank of the River Niger, Ekweogwu warns that these areas are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of floods. In light of this, he urges residents to seek shelter in upland areas as early as possible to avoid the catastrophic consequences associated with the expected deluge.

While the Federal Government has made arrangements with the government of Cameroon to release water from the dam in a controlled manner, there is still a potential for flooding. Therefore, massive sensitization and public enlightenment campaigns have been launched to encourage those in close proximity to the River Niger to make contingency plans and relocate for their own safety.

The President-General acknowledges the progress made in negotiations with Cameroon, stating, "We are happy that the Federal Government has resolved with Cameroon not to release water from the dam in torrents. That it should be done bit by bit." However, he emphasizes the importance of proactive action, urging residents and business owners in flood-prone areas to move before the flood arrives.

Efforts are underway to engage and support those who were severely affected by previous floods, including individuals, businesses, and industries in places such as Head Bridge and other industrial areas. Many are now constructing scale pallets to protect their goods from potential floodwater. Additionally, ASATU Anambra-North will convene a meeting to discuss mitigation plans for flood victims in the area.

It is crucial for the Onitsha community to heed these warnings, as preparations for the 2023 flood season are already underway. By taking proactive measures and relocating to safer areas, residents can safeguard their lives and livelihoods in the face of potential devastation. It is hoped that this public enlightenment and advocacy will help minimize the impact of the floods and protect the well-being of the Onitsha residents.

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