Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra Central Senatorial District for the 2023 polls, Chief Kodilichukwu Okelekwe, on Friday, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to offer special support to the victims of flood disaster in Anambra State.
The candidate said the impact of flood on the state was devastating, adding that it was beyond what the state government can take care of.
Okelekwe who spoke at the Anambra NUJ secretariat, during the 2022 Press Week / Man of the Year Award event called on the federal government to intervene.
“One of the areas I visited was Awba-Ofemmili in Awka-North Local Government Area, and what flooding did in the community was just heartbreaking; I only managed to hold back tears while looking around the flooded areas.
“There are similar scenario in other areas I visited and it is just clear that the devastation is beyond what the state government can handle.
“I, therefore, beg the federal government to declare Anambra State a disaster area, and come up with a deliberate package to mitigate the disaster; politics or political party affiliation should be put aside in this matter”, Okelekwe emphasized.
Speaking on the theme of the Press week: Traditional Media and Threat of the Social Media: Implications for National Development, a former lawmaker and journalist, Hon Afam Ogene called for proper regulatory framework for control of social media.
Other events featured during the press week were the installation of Dr Adaora Umeoji, the Deputy Managing Director of the Zenith Bank Plc, as the Anambra NUJ Woman of the Year, and Prof. Chinyere Okunna as the matriarch of the NUJ in the state.
Okunna is the first female professor of Mass Communication in the sub Saharan Africa