( NAN) A lawmaker in Imo, Mr Frank Ugboma, has lauded the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for acting promptly to control the floods that recently ravaged parts of Oguta Local Government Area of the state.
Ugboma, representing Oguta constituency in the Imo House of Assembly, made the commendation, while speaking on the disaster in an interview with newsmen in his office on Thursday.
He called on oil companies doing business in the area to come to the aid of the affected communities by providing them with relief materials, including food items and clothing.
He alleged that the floods were largely orchestrated by the activities of the oil companies.
The legislator expressed regrets over the inability of Oguta residents to access potable water, hence the need for the urgent intervention of the companies.
Ugboma, who heads the House Committee for Public Safety, Intelligence and Security, urged NEMA not to relent in the discharge of its mandate of caring for internally displaced persons.
He gave the assurance that the Imo State Emergency Management Agency (ISEMA) would readily collaborate with NEMA and the oil companies to ameliorate the plight of the victims.
He said: “I must commend NEMA for the forecast and their commitment to the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
“I however call on oil companies in the region to provide succour to their host communities because the activities of the companies are a major cause of the floods.
“NEMA has provided a camp for those displaced by the floods and I urge those doing business in the area to provide relief materials to support the efforts of NEMA.
“I assure the people of Oguta that we are working very hard to get them out of this disaster because SEMA is prepared to work with all the stakeholders to control the situation.”
In the meantime, NEMA has asked four affected communities to relocate to an Internally Displaced Persons camp set up in the state by the agency. (NAN)
(Edited by Sam Oditah)
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