We of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) Western Zone are sincerely troubled by the ferociously rising flood and the devastating effects it is laying on the teeming population of helpless Ijaw men and women in the cities and creeks in Delta, Edo, and Ondo States.

This indeed is a most trying season for especially the riverine Ijaw people living in the interior parts where the attention of the government is yet to have a strong presence. We are apprehensive and pray that the menace ends soon.
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We appreciate the governments of the affected states for their best efforts so far demonstrated to mitigate the effects of the sufferings of the victims in their respective communities and IDP Camps. We commend also all the public officeholders of Ijaw extraction and the several good-spirited individuals and non-governmental organisations who have voluntarily donated various relief materials to have them experience some temporary succour.

It is a moment to show genuine hospitality, therefore, those who can still assist in one way or the other or can offer one service or another should not hesitate to show themselves as good neighbours. In the same breath, we appeal to the federal government and international donor organisations to intervene and rescue the Ijaw people who are languishing helplessly in this unscheduled distress.

The flood has brought us to a clear reality that the government and the stakeholders of the communities must come into synergy to systematically devise sustainable ways to check a repeated occurrence of this type of disaster. Finally, we appeal to all the flood victims in the Western Zone to rest assured that this phase of trial would soon pass away for better days to return.

May God bless the Ijaw nation.

Chief Robinson Ogunkoru
Chairman, INC Western Zone

Chief Richard Sinebe
Chairman of All Western Zone Clan Chairmen

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