Flood: Community Leader Tasks World Leaders to Fulfill Pledges on Climate, Environment

The President General of Umueri Community in Anambra State, Chief Johnny Chukwudi Metchie, has tasked world leaders to fulfill their obligations and pledges on the climate and environment in order to save humanity from further devastations caused by  natural disasters like flood, erosion and desertification, among many others.

Metchie made the call Saturday in Umueri when he received the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, who paid a visit to flood victims at the Umueri Unity Hall where the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are camped.

Obi, who arrived Umueri in company with some LP chieftains like Chief Tony Nwoye and others, undertook a boat ride with Metchie to see things in some parts of the affected comminuties.

The LP standard-bearer who donated some items like food and medicines, said he shares the pains of the people in their difficult times.

While responding, Metchie, who is also the African Director of the International Association of World Peace Advocates, thanked Obi for the visit, saying the presidential candidate came at the right time when the IDPs need both morale and material support from leaders and other well-meaning citizens and organizations.

Metchie called on the federal government to rise up to the challenges posed by the release of water from dams by the Cameroonian authorities into Nigerian territorial waters, which he said was one of the major causes of massive flooding in parts of Nigeria every year.

He stated that Nigeria cannot continue to keep quiet and do nothing as thousands of citizens of the country are killed every year, while properties worth billions of naira are destroyed by flooding caused by the release of water from Cameroon.

“I want to thank the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi who is an illustrious son of Anambra State for coming to give support to our people who are victims of this year’s flooding.

“I also want to use this opportunity to call on world leaders, presidents, other heads of government, international agencies like the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, and others, to fulfill their obligations on climate change. This is because humanity is on the brink of destruction if we continue our hostility to the environment which is the reason flooding and other natural disasters are on the increase.

“In the case of Nigeria, I call on the president, the National Assembly, governors, and other leaders to as a matter of urgency, convene a summit on how to tackle the challenge posed by Cameroon which every year, releases water from dams into Nigeria’s territory. Nigeria must not continue to keep quiet and do nothing over this external aggression from our neighbouring country.

“As part of countermeasures, Nigeria should construct dams within the communities bordering Cameroun like Adamawa, Taraba, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and others, to channel the water from Cameroun dams to other areas and save Nigeria from the perennial devastation.”

Metchie also solicited more donations of essential materials like sanitary towels, food, blankets and others to the IDPs.

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