Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has pledged support for residents of riverine communities in the state, stating adequate plans are in place to provide relief.
Leadership reported that the commissioner for public safety and security, Kingsley Uwagbale, told journalists that the relevant stakeholders including Edo State Emergency Management Agency, Ministry of Public Safety and Security and National Emergency Management Agency, had made adequate preparations including several visits to the various flood-prone communities to sensitise and assess levels of preparation and put in place adequate response and recovery plans.
Uwagbale said, “Because we know this is going to happen, we have had to move quickly to ensure that our IDPs camps are in a good state in preparation for receiving potential victims of the imminent flooding.
“The communities in flood impact zones have been urged to cooperate with their LEMC (local emergency management committee) and move upland.
“Our LEMCs across the zones will give us daily on the spot updates in collaboration with Local Government Council leadership to ensure we mitigate the impacts.
“Government has stocked food and non-food items and other applicable materials and resources to support victims as the floods come.”