The federal government said that President Muhammadu Buhari is very concerned and disturbed by the persistent flooding that has devastated a part of Kogi state.
The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ms Sadiya Farouq, declared this yesterday in Lokoja during the donation of relief materials to the victims of the floods in 10 local government areas of the Kogi state.
Farouq said he was in the state to convey the federal government’s condolences to the government and people of Kogi for the flooding that occurred in some areas of the state.
”Kogi State, which has the confluence of the two main rivers; Niger and Benue are often exposed to the risk of flooding.
Available information indicates that so far this year, floods have affected many communities and displaced many people, some of whom are still being rescued and evacuated from areas trapped by water.
“President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is concerned about the flooding and has directed the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to activate the National Emergency Management Agency to respond by providing the necessary supports to people affected by the floods.” , He said.
Farouq said the relief items had already been approved to complement the state government’s efforts to bring relief to affected people in 10 areas of the Kogi local government.
According to her, the LGAs are: local government areas of Ibaji, Lokoja, Kogi, Bassa, Ajaokuta, Igalamela / Odolu, Idah, Ofu and Omala.
”The items that will be delivered before the weekend are: 2,931 bags of rice (12.5 kg), 2,931 bags of garri (12.5 kg), 2,931 bags of beans (25 kg), 488 cartons of condiments and 244 tomato paste cartons.
Others are 293 (20 liter) barrels of vegetable oil, 146 (20 kg) sacks of salt, 117 sacks of sugar, 5,260 pieces each of mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and nylon mats,
“Others include: 4,120 bags of cement, 4,120 packages of roofing sheet, 4,120 pieces of roofing board, 1,373 packages of zinc nails, 458 bags of 3-inch nails,” Farouq said.
He assured the governor that NEMA staff would work with his State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) during the period of the flood.
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, praised the federal government for the gesture and for always listening to the cry of Nigerians, especially the people of Kogi State.
He noted that perennial floods are a natural and unmanned disaster, saying that Kogi was always hit the hardest, especially as it is a state of confluence.
He stressed the need for the state of Kogi to always receive twice the relief materials delivered to other states due to the peculiarity of its geographical location.
“We want to sincerely thank the federal government but ask for more. We want a provision of FG to accommodate the construction and reconstruction of eroded roads and infrastructure in those critically affected LGAs that had been washed away by flooding.
”We have always followed all the policies of the federal government to make sure we produce what we eat; we are empowering our people through agriculture ”.
The governor also thanked the minister for all the humanitarian packages of the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) that many Nigerian citizens, especially Kogi, had benefited from.