AWKA—THE Anambra State government said, yesterday, that it would assist the 25 industries at the Onitsha Harbour Industrial Estate affected by last year’s flood with N100 million to enable them pay wages of some of their staff.
Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, who is the chairman of the Flood Rehabilitation and Management Committee, said though the amount was a far cry from the over N26 billion loss sustained bythe companies, government decided to assist them since the industries did not operate for the period the flood lasted.
Obaze said: “We know that with or without government support, the companies will move on, but we have to support them since they are helping in the economic growth of the state”.
He explained that the state government was already taking proactivemeasures to ensure that this year’s flood did not affect the people adversely, adding that enlightenment programmes have been mounted in the flood-prone areas to prepare the minds of the inhabitants.
He said though experts had suggested the relocation of the people from the flood-prone areas to the hinterland, those living in those areas had refused to do so as they insisted that it was their ancestral homes.