Floods: 16 states eye FG relief fund

The Federal Government, on Thursday, in Abuja, revealed that it was compiling reports from the 36 states nationwide as part of efforts to determine the extent of damage from the flooding of 2022, and to provide relief for affected persons.

This came as 16 states submitted their reports revealing the flood-driven damages and losses, possible suggestions for palliatives to be given to the victims, causes of floods in each state and possible measures to mitigate flooding in subsequent years.

The Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after the valedictory National Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

From reports made available to the Presidency by the relevant Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies, flooding was reported in Lagos, Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Edo, Delta, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Abia states and the Federal Capital Territory, affecting 508,721 people between January and August 2022 alone.

Speaking on Thursday, the Jigawa State governor, who chairs the Ad-Hoc Committee on flooding, said 16 States had submitted reports showing the extent of damage occasioned by nationwide flooding during the last rainy season.

They include: Osun, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Kogi, Delta, Kwara, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto States.

On the extent of damage in the 16 states, Abubakar said, “104,000 households have been affected, 172,000 people displaced, 201 died and 108 injured.

He said 20 states would submit their reports next week.

On the relief, Abubakar noted that “We will compile and then submit to our NEC chairman, who will now discuss with the Presidential Committee on flooding so that the two documents will be synchronised and relief will be sent to the victims.

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