Following the hardships and other resultant impacts of the 2022 ravaging floods across the Niger Delta, especially in Ijaw land, the parent socio-cultural group of the Ijaw ethnic nationality, the Ijaw National Congress(INC), has said plans were underway for it to institute a legal action against the federal government over what it described as the former’s negligence and failure to build the Dasin Hausa dam in Adamawa state to checkmate the flooding in Nigeria.
The INC stated that the ravaging floods have also resulted in an unimaginable loss to Ijaws across states of the Niger Delta region, alleging that the federal government has displayed a degree of ineptitude, a situation the group noted had led to flooding and its negative consequences on its people.
To this end, the parent Ijaw body claimed that the 2022 floods had caused Ijaws of the states of Bayelsa, Delta and Edo great losses.
National Wire which spoke with the National Publicity Secretary of the INC, Mr Ezonebi Oyakemeagbegha reports that the group’s image maker revealed the INC’s plans of legal action against the federal government in an interview in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Oyakemeagbegha who also lampooned the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiyar Umar Farouq over her recent comments that Jigawa State rather than Bayelsa was more impacted by the floods and that Bayelsa was not amongst the ten flood most impacted states in Nigeria, also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the Minister.
The INC noted that the minister displayed complete ignorance and bias toward the people of the State by her utterances.
The group’s Image maker said:”How can she sit in the comfort of her office without a visit to any of the affected states and make an assertion, is that right?
“If the glaring devastation occasioned by the flooding in Bayelsa and other Ijaw Council Areas of Delta State could be twisted by Farouq, it shows her reflection of arrogance and callous disregard to issues about the Niger Delta region and its people, by the federal government.
“Since we view this as deliberate negligence and utter disregard for the lives of our citizens living in the lower Niger by the Federal Government of Nigeria, mere acceptance of the conventional relief materials, such as rice bags, and mattresses, that would not make any meaningful impact on these victims is absurd and unacceptable.
“We’ll approach the Court for Compensation.”