The Federal Government has responded to the cries of over 3,788 persons in Agwagune community of Biase Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State who were affected by flood and landslide for several years.
The Federal Government, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), donated building materials to Cross Rivers State government to support the reconstruction of residential and public buildings in the community.
Handing over the items, the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, represented by the Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Eugene Eze, said the rehabilitation and resettlement of Agwagune community would bring to an end the nightmare of annual floods and landslide resulting into loss of means of livelihood and displacement from their homes as the rehabilitation would ensure that buildings are safe and livable, making the community more resilient.
In his remarks, the Executive Director, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Vincent Aquah, said Agwagune community used to be a large community and has lost a large portion of its habitable land mass to annual flooding and landslide. He commended the Director General of NEMA for actualising the relocation of 964 households, saying that over the years there have been efforts to ensure people were relocated to new land.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Cross River State government, the Secretary to the government, Dr. Tom Ogar, told the community that government was very worried about the particular situations and was doing everything possible to mitigate the situations. He appreciated the kind gesture of the Federal Government through NEMA and assured that the items would be judiciously utilised to the benefit of the community.