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The Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, has expressed serious shock at the level of devastation caused by flooding, which has caused damages in different parts of the country, including Anambra State.
In a statement signed by Obi, he said he was saddened to behold the devastation caused by floods in different parts of the country.
‘Considering the level of widespread suffering in the land, anything that adds to the suffering of the people, such as the flood is heart-breaking,’ Obi said, while assuring those affected that he shares in their sorrows.
He also pointed out that the destruction of 10,000 hectares of rice farms belonging to Olams Nigeria Limited in Nassarawa State, by floods, is a huge loss to the nation. He regretted that such flooding of farmlands caused huge losses to their owners and would result in food scarcity in the future.
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The former Governor of Anambra State went on to recall that when such flooding took place in Anambra State in 2012, when he was the governor, Obi said he remembered how the then secretary to the state government, Oseloka Obaze, informed him at 2pm about the disaster and how he personally toured the entire flood ravaged communities, joined in the rescue operations, saw to the setting up of IDPs camps, made arrangements for their feeding and offered post-flooding assistances to help cushion the effects.
Obi, who wished such a catastrophe would not visit any part of the country after his own personal experience, said now it had come that the leaders, at all levels, should collaborate with one another, take urgent steps that would reduce the sufferings of those affected as well as plan on how to assist them back to their normal lives, after the flood.