By Binebai Princewill 


A group covering 28 states in Nigeria operating under the auspices of Association of Coastal and Waterways Communities of Nigeria has knocked the Federal Government of Nigeria, some state Governments as well as federal government parastatals for not allegedly doing enough by coming to the aid of flood ravaged victims and communities across the federation since the inception of the 2022 flood. 


The group made this known via a statement made available to newsmen in Warri  shortly after an emergency meeting held in Warri on the 24th of October 2022. The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide can report.


However, in the statement jointly signed by national President, Comrade Nicholas Ighomi and national organizing secretary Comrade Bawo  Ediri Otirikpe with the 28 state coordinators of the association of coastal and waterways communities of Nigeria, the group had also called for the establishment of a coastal area development agency that will properly deal with the plight of the people in times like this. 


The duo of Comr. Nicholas and Bawo noted that those living in the coastal communities are really suffering and that this is not time for politics, adding that the Government must take responsibilities. 

The statement read below:

In a meeting held on the 24 day of October by national president Comrade Nicholas Ighomi and national organizing secretary comrade Bawo  Ediri Otirikpe with the 28 state coordinators of the association of coastal and waterways communities of Nigeria at their national headquarters at number 4 emiko close off Ogunu road warri, Delta State, resolutions taken at the end of the meeting are:

1. The body commiserate with all the flood victims who has loss lives and properties.

2. We are not happy about the total neglect of the flood and the attitude of the government at all levels and her agencies despite warnings  before it happened 

3. We call on government agencies like NEMA, NDDC,NIMASA, Ecological fund and the Federal ministry of environment to take proactive steps to save the situation

4.  Constant town hall meetings should be held between the coastal and waterways communities to know the challenges and problems facing them and how to solve it.

5.  Coastal and waterways communities development agency should be created immediately to oversee the problems, challenges and development of the coastal and waterways communities in Nigeria 

6.  All flood victims should be evaluated immediately to a better place where health facilities and palliatives should be  given to them and final resettlement parkages.

7.  We are also calling on all donors and international agencies to help all internally displaced persons  (IDP) in the coastal and waterways communities affected by the flood.

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