Anambra State Government has informed that four out of the six truckloads of foodstuffs meant for four local government areas of the State submerged by flood which were attacked and vandalized by miscreants, yesterday, in Awka, have reached their destinations.
A release by the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, said this is contrary to the claims in some quarters that all six truckloads were successfully hijacked by hoodlums who considered them palliatives for Anambra people to cushion the economic and nutritional effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The release notified that local government areas on the banks of the River Niger submerged by flood as a result of the ceaseless torrential rainfalls since September are Ogbaru, Anambra East, Anambra West, and Ayamelum.
It said the other council areas strongly affected by the floods but not submerged are Onitsha South, Onitsha North, Ihiala and Awka North.
According to the Information Commissioner, the truckload for Anambra West LGA has, however, been kept in Onitsha South local government because of lack of access road, since the roads to the area are completely covered by water.
He disclosed that the Executive Director of the Anambra State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Cyril Agupugo had explained that the food items will be sent by boats procured by the state government to the Local Government.
Similarly too, according to the SEMA Chairman, Chief Paul Odenigbo, flood victims in communities not submerged by flood will receive theirs in due course.
He maintained that they did not exclude them from benefitting from the state government’s assistance, as the Transition Committee Chairmen of the Local Government Areas have submitted the names of people displaced from their homes by floods, and will get theirs soon.
The Commissioner also noted that the numbers from LGAs flooded, but not submerged, are not as many as those from fully submerged places for understandable reasons.
Mr Adinuba further explained that the foodstuffs which left the warehouse yesterday, were garri and Indomie noodles which were purchased about four days ago, though there are some which are leftovers from COVID-19 donations.