Some students of federal polytechnic, Oko, in Anambra state, have urged the federal government to find a lasting solution to the issues of flooding that usually ravages their campus.
In a message sent to NAIJ.com, a Facebook user, Maduka Kallixtux Chinonso, said that one of the three campuses of the institution, Atani campus, where he belongs is prone to flooding because of its nearness to the River Niger.
He said the recent flooding on the area has displaced some of them, adding that they had left the campus for their various houses due to the incessant flooding.
He also noted that they have witnessed series of armed robbery attacks as he said that the campus lacks some social amenities such as constant electricity, good network and good infrastructures.
According to him, “Atani campus is the campus 2 out of three campuses that made up federal polytechnic, Oko, and is situated in a Atani/Akili communities in the Ogbaru L.G.A. A place prone to flood and very close to River Niger, the closest city Onitsha is more than 25 minutes drive.
“In Atani/Akili, there is: no light, bad network, bad Infrastructure, armed robberies, no security. Nearest Bank is in Onitsha and is more than 25 mins drive from campus , also it’s 250 Naira to and fro. Flood has displaced many of us. We have been at home for the past three weeks because of flood
“Federal government and the state government have abandoned us. Atani campus should be a primary school and not one of the campuses of a federal polytechnic. Three campuses, but the sight of Atani campus will make you think it’s not part of the almighty federal polytechnic Oko.
“To think Atani campus houses only two departments – computer science and Mathematics and statistics. Please share till it gets to those who can help us please.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the National Emergency Management (NEMA), on Thursday, October 11, declared five more states: Adamawa, Taraba, Kebbi, Bayelsa and Rivers as ‘national disaster’ following the recent flooding that has ravaged the states.
Sani Datti, head of media and public relations, NEMA made this known in a statement on Thursday, October 11, in Abuja.
According to Datti, Mustapha Maihaja, director general, NEMA made the declaration following the ongoing efforts of the agency to tackle and assist flood victims across the country.
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