Succour for flood victims in Rivers as Wike approves N1b to support them

Sets up a six-man Taskforce for emergency relief for victims

Appoints additional 14,000 Special Assistants


By Chris Ezeonoh,


Following the outcry from flood victims in Rivers State, Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the sum of N1billion for emergency relief for the victims in Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Areas 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.

Wike said the one billion naira 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 ravaged 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.

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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 Onowu and the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Special Duties.

A statement from the Special Assistant Media to the governor, Kelvin Ebiri on Wednesday said all members of the Taskforce are to meet with the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Governor Wike has appointed an additional 14, 000 Special Assistants for political units in the State. Only on Tuesday, the governor announced the appointment of 14,000 Special Advisers saying the appointment takes immediate effect.

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