The Vice President, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo is expected in Cross River State today to inspect flood affected areas. The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Barr. Effiok Cobham, disclosed this at an Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) camp in Eja, Obubra Local Government Area.
Barr. Cobham who was addressing the victims at a camp in Eja Primary School, said that the state government decided to cry out to the Federal Government for assistance because the magnitude of the flood disaster this year has overwhelmed the capacity of the state to handle. He emphasised that the state is under the yoke of the flood disaster? which ravaged over? 150 communities across the state destroying farms, houses and public infrastructure.
The Deputy Governor described the natural phenomenon as unprecedented and feared that the flood destroyed over 70 per cent of the agrarian lands in the state.
According to him, more pathetic is the displacement of thousands of persons most of whom are now in camps or squatting with relatives and friends. “Government is not resting in addressing your plight and has put a machinery in motion to seek plausible, efficient and effective ways of relieving you of your burden,” he said.
Barr. Cobham said that a flood Disaster Management Committee has been constituted by the state Governor to address the situation. Urging the youths, chiefs and women of the community to sensitise the people on the need to be factual about their claims on the impact of the flood on their houses and farmlands.