Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has restated his administration’s readiness to collaborate with the United Nations in the effective management of the post-flood challenges facing displaced persons in the state.
Uduaghan, who stated this on Saturday during a Town Hall meeting in Asaba as part of the visit of the UN Under-Secretary -General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, Valerie Amos, said the state government alone could not handle the post flood challenges because of the enormous funds required.
He said his government was willing to partner with the UN to enable it to effectively manage the post-flood challenges and mitigate the devastating effects of the flood on Deltans in the future.
He said, “As a state with an office dedicated to foreign relations, we place a high premium on partnership with the international communities and global organisations. We cannot handle these challenges alone. The state needs your help.
“We engage in a series of meetings in the US and Nigeria in order to make certain that the emergency situation in Delta is accorded its due priority and that the victims benefit directly from the intervening efforts of the WHO, UNDP, UNICEF and other implementing agencies of the UN.”
The governor observed that the state also had the responsibility of rebuilding destroyed primary and secondary schools in the affected communities to enable the children to continue with their education.
He explained that the Post Flood Disaster Committee estimated that it would cost about N1m to rehabilitate affected schools.