Delta State Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Chika Ossai has called for the setting up of Nigeria/Cameroon Joint Commission to proffer lasting solution to the flooding of some states of the country necessitated by the release of water from dams in Cameroon.
According to Hon. Ossai, the release of water has become a threat to Nigeria’s national security, which can only be effectively checked with the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon working together to find an enduring solution.
“Assuming the Cameroonian authority is using it (release of water from Langdom Dam) as a weapon against Nigeria, it is destabilising our people with deaths and massive displacements recorded,” he said, adding that “we cannot continue to live in fear, praying that Cameroon should not release water; if there is a joint commission, both governments can bear the burden of the effects of the flood on our people if the two governments cannot find lasting solution to the flood.”
He emphasised: “Imagine the trauma, imagine the pains, the uncertainties, the fear on our people; we should stop this annual harassment using flood which can be controlled. We are not at war and we are preparing camps for IDPs because of effects of water being released by another country. No; there has to be a solution and the earlier the federal government acts, the better before the water becomes another weapon to terrorise our people.”
Hon. Ossai, who spoke in Asaba yesterday, disclosed that three deaths were recorded in Delta State as a result of flood while three other persons died when their boats capsised when they were returning from a marriage ceremony.
He stated: “For us as a state, we will continue to work for our people to be comfortable but, the federal government can work out the solution because, as a state, we cannot discuss with the government of Cameroon on this issue. Also, we know that we are not the only state in the country that is affected by the flood; we were affected most because the water emptied into the ocean through our coastal communities.”
The commissioner, however, observed that the water was receding, noting that most of the IDPs had indicated interest to return to their respective communities.
While assuring that the camps had not been closed, Hon. Ossai added that relief materials would be given to the flood victims and urged Nigerians to assist the IDPs to enable them settle in the flood-ravaged communities.
While also highlighting the efforts to curb the effects of fire
incidents during the dry season, he asserted that “while the state’s fire service was prepared to tackle fire outbreaks, it was better to avoid fire by engaging in effective safety measures.”

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