Rivers Govt Appeals To FG Over Havoc Caused By Rainstorm; Calls For The Intervention Of NEMA
Following the heavy downpour that was witnessed in some parts of Rivers State on Monday, the state government has appealed to the Federal Government to stretch a helping hand.
This appeal was made by Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja, the state Commissioner for Education after he inspected some of the places which were seriously affected by the storm which accompanied the rain.
Jaja appealed to the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to intervene in the situation by sending the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the state in other to help curb the situation.
It was gathered by NIGERIA NEWS that Port Harcourt was the major city which was affected by the rainstorm.
Many schools were affected while some major roads were also flooded, causing commuters to have difficulty in getting to their various destination.
NIGERIA NEWS also gathered that the heavy downpour which was accompanied by thunderous storm commenced about 3p.m. on Monday, destroying properties worth billions of naira in different parts of the city.
According to the commissioner for education, several properties belonging to Elechi Amadi Polytechnic and that of the state’s Model School, GRA, Port Harcourt were also destroyed by the storm.
Jaja, however, expresses joy for the safety of lives of residents of the affected places as no loss of life was recorded.
The commissioner further disclosed that the governor of the has already been brief on the situation and plans are already ongoing to bring relief to those affected.
He however appeal to the Federal Government to collaborate with the state government so as to intervene in the situtation.
In the words of Jaja, “The governor is aware and very touched by the situation. We are also calling on the Federal Government to intervene in the situation.”