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Wike approves N1bn to support flood victims

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has approved N1bn for emergency relief measures to support flood victims in Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni local government areas of the state.

The Governor, who empathised with the victims, also set up a task force to coordinate the distribution of relief materials to affected communities in the State.

Wike said the money approved by the Rivers State Government was to enable vulnerable families, particularly in Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni to cope with flood, which had devastated homes, farmlands and forced residents of affected communities to relocate to safer places.

The Governor said the Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau (SSB) in the Office of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. George Nwaeke, would serve as the chairman of the task force while Mrs. Inime I. Aguma, would be the Secretary.

Other members of the Taskforce are: the Chairman of Ahoada West LGA, Hon. Hope Ikiriko; Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, Hon. Vincent Job; Chukwuemeka Onowu and the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Special Duties.

All members of the Taskforce are to meet with the Rivers State governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Wike also appointed 28, 000 special assistants for political units in the state and the appointments were to take immediate effect. The governor had on Tuesday appointed, 319 ward Liaison officers and 40 Local Government Area Liaison Officers.

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