In the wake of a severe flood that has engulfed the Polobubo community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, residents have urgently called upon all levels of government and major oil corporations for assistance.
The community’s leadership, represented by Dr. Bright Abulu, President-General; Rev. Doyah Tiemo, Secretary-General; and Sir Chris Ukugha, Public Relations Officer, issued a statement on Sunday, expressing their plea for help.
They characterized this flood as the most devastating event in Polobubo’s history and stressed the critical need for immediate intervention to prevent loss of life.
“The present devastation is of epic proportion and we are obviously in an emergency situation,” they lamented.
According to their statement, this situation has led to a suspension of classes for students attending both primary and secondary schools within the community, as the school facilities have been inundated by the floodwaters.
The statement read partly, “This is the worst in the history of our community. We have lost practically everything to this flood. Unquantifiable properties have been lost and people displaced from their houses and sources of livelihood.
“The entire community and surrounding villages are submerged. We had severe flooding in 2012, but the experience was not as harrowing as this.
“The flood has completely taken over and all we can see and feel now is untold hardship and hunger steering us in the face”.
The statement continued, “Government officials from the Delta State Ministry of Environment, Special Duties and the Warri North Local Government Council came last week, but the flood had not risen to this frightening scale.
“The present devastation is of epic proportion and we are obviously in an emergency situation that the Warri North Chairman, Honourable Smart Asekutu, the Delta state Governor, RT. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, and the Federal Government and other relevant agencies should intervene to ameliorate the suffering of the people.
“Our community is very strategic to the economic interest of Nigeria and Delta State, as it plays host to major International Oil Producing Companies (IOCs) and national oil and gas companies, including Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria Exploration and Production limited (NEPL), Conoil producing Ltd, and Sahara Energy Services Limited.
“This is where they do their business and we need the help of the oil and gas companies at this time also. We are urging them to share in our plight and moments of extreme pains by ensuring that they come together with the government and act fast in coming to our rescue”.
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