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Reps urge NEMA to send relief materials to Abia erosion victims

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The House of Representatives has urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to victims of erosion disaster in Ogbo community in Abia State.

 

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Emeka Nnamani (LP-Abia) during plenary in Abuja on Wednesday.

 

He said torrential rainfall damaged economic crops and washed away farmlands in the community located in Aba North and South Federal constituency in Abia State.

He added that the community had suffered devastating gully erosion, adding that this brought with it untold hardship and posed an imminent threat to lives and property for residents.

He raised concerned that Ogbo community, in Aba North Local Government Area, had over the years grappled with erosion menace without receiving any support from either the State or the Federal Government.

He said the people of Ogbo community had resorted to self-help to mitigate the ravaging effects of erosion in the community but their efforts have failed to yield desired results.

He said the houses of some residents of the community had been swallowed by the erosion, forcing them to take refuge on higher and safer grounds.

According to him, if the erosion in Ogbo community is not urgently addressed, it could degenerate into a national disaster as surrounding communities are also under threat of being swept away.

“The interventions by the Abia State Government to address the erosion have not yielded the desired result due to a lack of the needed expertise and funds to confront such a threat,” he said

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Ecological Fund Office to release adequate funds to solve the erosion challenge in Aba North Local Government Area of Abia State;

The House also mandated the committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Ecological Fund to ensure compliance.

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Bandits shoot 40 dead, sack Plateau community

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Bandits in their numbers reportedly attacked Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase local government area of Plateau State, killing more than 40 persons, including vigilantes.

 

According to residents of the community, the incident occurred around 5: pm, on Monday, when people were going about their normal activities.

 

The residents said but they could not immediately report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area.

According to Sahpi’i Sambo, a youth leader in the area, who also confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles – two on a bike – with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.

He said “More than 40 people were killed while many injured. Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities for cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was deadly,” Sambo said.

Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, had not responded to inquiry by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

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Ex-Sports Minister laments after hospital neglected him for hours over N80000 deposit

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A former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has recounted how a hospital in Plateau State did not attend to him because of the non-payment of the admission deposit.

 

Dalung said he fell ill on Wednesday, May 8, and went to the unnamed hospital for treatment but that the hospital refused to give him treatment because he had yet to make an admission deposit despite holding his medical records. The former minister said he regained partial consciousness later and transferred the deposit before he was attended to.

 

“I took ill on Wednesday, arrived at the hospital & shortly became unconscious after doctor’s interviews. Was ferried into emergency ward but abandoned for over 4 hrs due to non payments of admission deposits. Regained partial consciousness later did the transfer of deposit.

After that, I fell into unconsciousness again for about 7 hours. To God be the glory, I have been discharged after 3 days & recovering. Were it not for partial consciousness to pay the deposits, I would have been Mr. late. Many Nigerians have gone this way. Where is our humanity?

I was then admitted into the ward and given medical attention. This is the hospital that has my medical records. The last medical checkup I did about 2 months ago was there, but suddenly, I became a stranger because of non payments of deposits even with the so-called name. Hmmmm”

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