The Chairman of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) chapter, Comrade Promise Onyekachi Nwanguma, has sympathised with the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, over the flood disaster, which sacked his mother and other close relations from Toru-Angiama community, in Patani Local Government Area in Delta State and Sagbama Local Government Area in Bayelsa State.
Comrade Nwanguma said while it was sad that houses were submerged, as had never been experienced before in many of the affected communities, there was every reason for the ES to give thanks to God, in the sense that lives were not lost in the rampaging flood.
Responding, the ES thanked the AUPCTRE leadership in NICO for the concern over his being a victim of the flood disaster, saying that the devastation this year has been unprecedented and that the 1969 flood was a child’s play, compared to it.
Dr. Ayakoroma said all the affected people have to do now is to wait until the flood recedes, so that they could piece together their shattered lives, adding that his concern was the imminent food crisis that would eventually hit the flood affected areas in the country.
According to him, no amount of relief will have meaningful impact on the people, who have been displaced, considering the traumatic experience and the after-flood cleaning, fumigation, and renovation work that need to be carried out.
He said the flood experience has taught Nigerians to be ready for such natural disasters, and not take things for granted, because as at Sunday, September 30, 2012, when he visited his aged mother, Mrs. Braiye Ayakoroma, he had no inkling that the whole compound would be flooded in the next few days.
The NICO AUPCTRE chairman was accompanied on the visit by Comrades Ifeoma Ogba and Fabuyi Clement.
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