On Thursday, the National Economic Council issued a directive to the National Emergency Management Agency for immediate intervention and relief in states impacted by floods. Furthermore, the council decided to create a strategy to address flooding and handle associated disasters.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nyesom Wike, disclosed this to reporters at the 136th NEC meeting, held in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, who leads the Committee on the Impact of Flood and Disaster Across the States in Nigeria, categorized the states into three groups. Group A includes the most severely affected states with over 15 points, such as Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, and more. Group B consists of states with 10-15 points, like Cross River, Delta, Jigawa, and others. Group C encompasses states with less than 10 points, including Katsina, Abia, Edo, and many more.
The International Organisation for Migration has issued a warning that 4.2 million Nigerians are at risk of displacement in 2023 due to climate-induced disasters.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has faced seasonal floods for years, but the 2022 floods were the worst in a decade, affecting millions of people. The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs reported over 1.4 million people displaced, with hundreds of casualties, extensive property damage, and the destruction of health facilities and schools in states like Jigawa.
Former President Muhammadu Buhari inspected the areas impacted by the flood disaster, including roads, bridges, and settlements in Jigawa, where significant damage occurred between August and November 2022.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, the FCT minister said, “Today, the Committee submitted its preliminary report and expressed to the council their inability to reach out to all the states because some states have already cost the effects of the flood in their various states.
“And so we’re unable to reach the technical staff of the Committee. They came up with three categories: category A, Category B and Category C.
“NEC resolved to develop a roadmap for intervention and directed NEMA to provide immediate intervention on relief to affected states. Roadmap will be developed and articulated by NEC with the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.”
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