Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the sum of N1Billion (One Billion Naira), for emergency relief measures to support flood victims in Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State.
The Governor, who empathised with the flood victims, has also set up a Taskforce to coordinate the distribution of relief materials to affected communities in the State.
Governor Wike, said the One Billion Naira approved by the Rivers State Government is to enable vulnerable families, particularly in Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGAs, which are the most impacted areas in the State, to cope with the devastating flood water which has inundated homes, farmlands and forced residents of affected communities to relocate to safer places.
The governor said the Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau (SSB) in the Office of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. George Nwaeke, will serve as the chairman of the Taskforce, while, Mrs. Inime I. Aguma, is the Secretary.
Other members of the Taskforce are, the Chairman of Ahoada West LGA, Hon. Hope Ikiriko; Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, Hon. Vincent Job; Hon. Chukwuemeka Onowo and the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Special Duties.
All members of the Taskforce are to meet with the Rivers State governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Rivers State governor has appointed 28, 000 (Twenty Eight Thousand) Special Assistants for political units in the State and the appointments take immediate effect.