2012 flood: Displaced villagers still live in public buildings in Edo

Four years after the 2012 flood disaster in parts of Edo State, many displaced persons are still staying in public buildings in the affected local government areas, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.

Five villages, Daba, Anegbette, Oghomere, Udochi and Ukepeko in Etsako Central Local Government Area, were displaced by the disaster.

Also, houses and food crops worth millions of Naira were destroyed, leaving the residents with no option than to relocate to public buildings.

Although some of the affected victims had moved out of the camps, many who had no option, are still  living at temporary camps.

The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of a resettlement camp at Oghomere-Ekperi, to relocate such villagers and provide shelter to victims of similar disaster in the future,

The coordinator of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Edward Osigbeme, while fielding questions from NAN in Benin, said the camp would be completed soon.

He said the project had reached 90 per cent completion level, adding, “the project will be handed over to state government in the next few weeks.’’

He said some of the facilities provided at the camp included single rooms, one-bedroom apartments, open dormitory, boreholes, stores, relaxation centres and security post.

The site engineer, Mr Lucky Iyamah, also confirmed that the camp had reached 90 per cent completion level.

“The camp is almost completed, what is left is not much. The camp will be ready in the next few months,” Iyamah said.

The Egiegbai of Ekperi, Chief Deke Kanoba, who commended the Federal Government for the project, urged the affected persons to be patient, saying the Federal Government was working hard to complete the project.

One of the affected persons, Mr Aidun Uduko, also thanked the government for the project while making an appeal for its immediate completion for the displaced persons to move in.