By Emma Njoku
These are not rosy times for former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State, Felix Amaechi Obuah.
The astute politician has had more than a fair share of the ravaging global climate change, having lost over N2 billion after his residence at his hometown, Omoku, in Rivers State was taken over by flood last week.
Other properties of Obuah that were submerged are his massive farmland, Krisdera Hotel & Resorts and Ogba Comprehensive School, all located in Omoku.
He lamented: “My village has been completely sacked by flood. My people are now homeless. These are people blessed with huge natural resources and deserve to enjoy the best things of life. But life has turned into a nightmare for them.
“As we speak, I’m yet to complete collating all my properties destroyed by the flood, but, so far, I’ve lost over N2 billion worth of properties at the last count.
«We are appealing to the Federal Government to come to our aid. This is our place of birth and we have no other place to go. This is why I established all my business concerns in my village.
“I could have built my hotel and school in any major city in Nigeria or any other part of the world, which would have fetched me more money. But I chose to invest in my community in order to put Omoku on the world map.
“I wish other wealthy Nigerians can buy into my vision and develop their respective community, thereby, creating jobs for the jobless youths. That would reduce restiveness and other vices in our society today.
“We’ve heard stories about the government’s assistance to states and communities that have flood challenges and other natural disasters. Omoku is like a cash cow to Nigeria, being a huge gas host community. We deserve a better life.”