Comrade Sheriff Mulade

By Onome Oghenetega

A frontline environmental activist in Niger Delta, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has charged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to urgently set up a well equipped Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps in the projected flood prone areas in the state.

Mulade said the move will help cushion the effect of to-be victims of flooding in the 17 identified Local Government Areas to experience flooding in the state.

The activist who doubled as National Coordinator of the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) stated this in a statement made available WARRI TODAY on Saturday.

The statement said Mulade gave the charge in Warri while reacting to the Delta State Government’s advice asking those living in flood prone areas to relocate to higher grounds.

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He stressed the need for relevant authorities to make adequate provisions to cater for flood victims who may suffer from flood-related diseases and stress due to displacement.

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According to him, “Comrade Mulade, National Coordinator of the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, advised the Delta State Government to consult with those who have cognate experience and relevant skills on how to build structures to accommodate flood victims, as well as give welfare support in order to avert crisis in the State.

“He appealed to Governor Okowa to ensure that his team consults with experts and come up with immediate palliatives awaiting the flood predicted by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA. The agency had earlier predicted heavy rains, as well as flood that will flow from other countries into Nigeria in September this year.”

The statement further appealed to the State Government to prioritize the welfare citizens and, cautioned against politicising issues affecting wellbeing of the people.


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