Flood: Wike must urgently reactivate Amaechi’s master plan – Dakuku




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Dr Dakuku Peterside

The 2015 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to urgently reactivate the drainage master plan put in place by his predecessor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.

Dr Peterside spoke against the terrible flooding being experienced in several parts of Harcourt in particular and Rivers State at large in a statement made available to Sundiata Post on Wednesday.

He lamented that Rivers State people have suffered untold hardship as a result of the flooding, which had long ago been predicted by the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET), with the state featuring prominently.

According to him, former Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s administration had put in place a drainage master plan for the city of Harcourt and that it was already being executed before he left office in 2015. 

He said Wike abandoned the project for political reasons.      

Peterside, a former commissioner of works in Rivers State, blamed the Wike-led administration for not paying attention to early warning signals from NIMET but rather chose to put the blame on Rivers people who are already suffering from lack of jobs and economic empowerment.     

According to him, “Our people are traumatised, a lot of persons are displaced, we have lost several goods and properties estimated at over N3bn, social and economic life has been disrupted because the slept off, our people are suffering.

“The governor awards projects from his office without going through the due process and the very important Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which has unfortunately led to pain and agony by the people.

“It is even more shocking that the is yet to respond, even if half-heartedly to the cries of the people but has chosen to blame everybody other than itself. A responsive government should by now be engaging and looking for ways out of the crisis.

Harcourt has never had it this bad and it can only mean that the state’s relevant ministries, departments, and agencies are either incompetent in carrying out duties or have been starved of necessary to function optimally.”

The former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) called on the government to immediately mobilise resources of the state to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.

“With heavy rains expected in coming weeks as predicted by NIMET, it will only be natural that the Rivers immediately activate the moribund emergency management agency that can react swiftly to serious situations and arrest whatever difficulty the people may be facing.

“This is the time for the to show compassion rather than grandstanding and looking for who to blame for its own ineptitude and maladministration. Our people deserve better than this and it is the responsibility of the government to provide solutions,” he stated.