Senate yesterday urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to send relief materials to the recent victims of flooding in nine villages in Ifeku Island and Illushi town, Sean South-East local government area of Edo State.
The appeal followed a motion moved by Senator Clifford A. Ordia, representing Edo Central District of the state in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly.
The senate noted with serious concern that hundreds of residents of Illushi were rendered homeless by the violent flood occasioned by torrential rainfall, which culminated in the spilling over of River Niger beyond its bank.
According to sponsor of the motion, “the flood swept through and enveloped farmlands, submerged houses in their hundreds, sacked motor parks, schools, stores, market places and other commercial centres, thereby making lives miserable for the people of the communities”.
Ordia also lamented that the effect of flooding has grounded business activities in the communities, saying “thousands of displaced residents have resorted to using canoes to move from one part of the town to another, carrying their belongings to safer grounds”.
Presently, he added that the Niger Bank Primary is also at the verge of being swept away by the flood.
He recalled that a similar upsurge of flood within the Illushi environs permeated the entire community in 2012, pillaging homes, farmlands, markets, stores and motor parks, and rendering human activities impossible.
Consequently, upon the ugly incidence, he informed that the federal government in the same year promised to build a resettlement centre to alleviate the plights of the residents of the town.
Ordia, however, lamented that despite several promises to build the said centre, the government is yet to deliver on its promise to the affected victims.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain reminded the senate that it was part of its mandate to ensure the welfare and good governance of Nigeria as entrenched in Sector 14(2) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
To forestall a re-occurrence of the flooding, he stressed the need for the senate to take urgent steps to curb the menace by directing the appropriate government agencies to be alive to their responsibilities on environmental issues.

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