Osinbajo visits Anambra flood victims, reveals ways disaster is being tackled

Source: dailypost.ng

Vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Thursday visited Anambra State and toured areas submerged by flood.

The vice president who visited Internally Displaced Persons who were gathering their property from submerged homes betrayed emotions while commiserating with the people over their plight.

He announced the support of the Federal Government of Nigeria for the victims, restating its unending support in supplying food and relief materials to the victims of flood disaster in the state.

Prof Osinbajo who visited Umueze Anam, Anambra West local Government Area, said the federal government had declared the affected areas as natural disaster zones, saying it would deploy more federal resources to alleviate the plight of the people.

He said, “I flew over those disaster areas and I witnessed the rise in water level, especially in Onitsha, Ogbaru, Awka North, Coscharis farm and other places.

“We have directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to continue deploying relief materials to various IDP camps and some home settlements who have refused to evacuate from their homes.”

He commended Governor Willie Obiano for his prompt response to the situation, stressing that he would partner the state government to ensure proper management of the resources.

Obiano while receiving the vice president who was accompanied by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state and the minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige recalled that he had earlier visited the affected areas to ascertain the level of disaster.

He observed that the flood disaster did not only submerge their homes but their farms, which were major sources of livelihood for the people.

Some of the victims lamented that their major problem was that their farmlands were all submerged, and their crops destroyed.

Mrs Chinelo Ibe, an indigene of the area said, “Some of us borrowed money to cultivate crops, and with this flood, we will be left with huge debt to pay, even as our houses have all been submerged by flood.

“We are begging government to help us, because we are in big difficulty. We sleep by the roadside, cook here too and live our lives by the roadside. We are afraid of going to the IDP camps because thieves will come and loot our belongings. That is why we have refused to go.”


Quardean Lewis-Allen (MArch ’13) received the Community Service Fellowship Program—International Travel Award to fund his travel to Nigeria. Working with the Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation, a registered non-profit organization in Nigeria focused on improving the study, teaching and application of technology in Africa, he participated in a workshop for the Anam New City project.


In view of this background, the present study reviews the widespread flooding in Nigeria and efforts to tackle it. Over the period 1985 to 2014, flooding in Nigeria has affected more than 11 million lives with a total of 1100 deaths and property damage exceeding US$17 billion.”


The Lagos State Government has embarked on the channelization of four commercial ferry routes out of the thirty already identified as part of activities to scale up water transportation and give a quantum leap to tourism in the State.

Over the years neither the government of Rivers State nor the Federal Government of Nigeria have shown interest in the development a viable water transportation system that would enhance. The importance of water transportation in the development of coastal communities has not been given the required attention by government at the State and Federal Levels. The emphasis has always been on land transportation. The objectives of this research are to find out: whether people living close to the water bodies actually, use them for transportation and recreation purposes; the number, names and characteristics of the major water transportation routes; people’s perception of the water bodies with respect to their value for transportation and recreation and types, ownership and management of watercraft used for water transportation.


Water transportation is the intentional movement of water over large distances. Methods of transportation fall into three categories:

An aqueduct is a watercourse constructed to carry water from a source to a distribution point far away. In modern engineering, the term aqueduct is used for any system of pipes, ditches, canals, tunnels, and other structures used for this purpose.[1] The term aqueduct also often refers specifically to a bridge on an artificial watercourse.[1] The word is derived from the Latin aqua (“water”) and ducere (“to lead”).[1] Aqueducts were used in ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, and ancient Rome. In modern times, the largest aqueducts of all have been built in the United States to supply the country’s biggest cities. The simplest aqueducts are small ditches cut into the earth. Much larger channels may be used in modern aqueducts. Aqueducts sometimes run for some or all of their path through tunnels constructed underground. Modern aqueducts may also use pipelines. Historically, agricultural societies have constructed aqueducts to irrigate crops and supply large cities with drinking water.


Construction of an aqueduct, one of the important components of the flood prevention project, has resumed in the city with the Public Works Department (PWD) planning to complete it in the next four months.

Construction of the aqueduct came to a halt over a year back, pending government approval for a few design changes. The aqueduct, a unique structure in terms of design and size in the State, runs for a distance of 360 metres, built over 36 piers at a gap of 10 metres each. The structure will have a capacity to carry about 700 cusecs of water. The pier caps have been constructed but critical works of joining the entry and exit points of the duct remain incomplete.



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