The member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon., Engr. Chris Emeka Azubogu last week visited some flooded communities in Awka North to empathize with victims; as well as assess firsthand, the quantum of damage inflicted on the people.
Consoling the victims at Awba-Ofemili through their representatives, Azubogu said he was moved by the heart-rending stories he heard to come and see things for himself and evaluate firsthand, the level of damage incurred by the people, especially the farmers among them whose rice fields were completely enveloped and damaged by the flood.
He explained that on-the-spot findings made during the visits will guide further steps he wishes to exert towards currying government’s assistance for victims of the flood disaster when he returns to Abuja, in addition to whatever personal assistance he brought along.
Responding, the Parish Priest of St. Paul’s Catholic Church Awba-Ofemili, Rev. Fr. Joseph Nwiloh thanked the Lawmaker for coming to empathize with the people over the loss occasioned by the flood disaster; as well as the excruciating difficulties they are presently passing through.
He described Azubogu’s visit as ‘very thoughtful and heart-lifting’ – adding that his visit was the first to the community by any elected political office holder that he was aware of since the tragedy struck.
Appealing to the lawmaker to do all he can to draw the authorities’ attention to the plight of inhabitants of the flooded communities, the Priest stressed that the development has brought about trying times that may likely be aggravated by the enormous damage done to produce in the affected communities.
From Awba-Ofemili, where Azubogu had to abandon his vehicle at some point for a canoe in the bid to gain access to the community, he made a brief stopover at Ugbenu from where he proceeded to Achalla, another community in Awka North where the flood wreak havoc.
His message and donation were not different from that rendered at Awba-Ofemili which comprised of bags of 10kg rice and cash.
Again, responding, Chief John Ekweozor – Chairman of Igwe’s Cabinet in Achalla thanked Hon. Azubogu on behalf of the victims for his thoughtful gesture, adding that his act of love and care for people who are not even his constituents will go a long way to instil hope among the victims that they will overcome their setback.
Encumbered by a combination of time and the very bad state of the roads leading to affected communities in Anambra North zone, Azubogu announced a donation of N1m [One million Naira] to be shared N250,000 each to flood victims in the four most affected LGAs in Anambra North, viz: Ogbaru, Anambra East and West and Ayamelum.