Bishop Prosper Amah of the Anglican Diocese of Ogbaru, has called on the Federal Government for the immediate dredging of the River Niger so as to save the coastal communities in Anambra from incessant flood.
Amah made the call in an interview with journalists on Sunday at Ogbaru in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state, South East Nigeria.
He regretted that most communities in Ogbaru have been submerged by flood, an incident he said is controllable.
Amah asserted that if the Federal Government had heeded calls by different groups and individuals to properly dredge the River Niger, this disaster could have been averted.
The Bishop said that church services in Ogbaru Diocese had been affected due to flood which, he said, also submerged the Bishop’s Court and Saint James the Great Cathedral at Atani.
“Flood had taken over the headquarters of the Diocese and many other churches, disrupting church activities, including soul-winning services and human development in the area,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, he had constructed an alternative pathway to the church with planks to enable him get to the Cathedral and the Bishop’s court.
He appealed to both the government and good-spirited individuals to help to salvage the situation.
However, the Bishop commended the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano in rehabilitating some damaged roads in the area, adding that his recent visit to President Muhammadu Buhari over the deplorable condition of federal infrastructures in the state is also worthy of praise.
He urged wealthy individuals in the state to partner with the state government to enable the Obiano administration to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.