Worried by the destruction of lives and properties by heavy flood in Nigeria, the Federal Government has given 90 days ultimatum to the ministry of water resources to develop a comprehensive action plan for the prevention of flood disasters across Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the order in response to the devastating flood that has submerged some parts of the country, rendering millions of people homeless and destroying properties, presidency sources have said.
With over 600 people dead and destruction of properties worth billions of naira, the flood has been described as one of the most devastating experiences in recent history,
As the country battles with the humanitarian crisis, the situation is also threatening food security as the flood destroyed several hectares of farmlands.
Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday, October 24, explained Buhari’s directive to the minister of water resources as conveyed in a letter signed by his chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari.
Shehu noted that the president ordered the minister to coordinate with the ministries of environment and transportation as well as state governments to develop the plan.
Shehun added that the president, who regularly received updates on the flooding situation in the country, restated his commitment towards addressing the challenges caused by the disaster.
Kogi, Anambra, Kebbi, Delta, Bayelsa, and Jigawa states have been greatly affected by the recent flooding across the nation.
The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, had revealed that about 82,053 houses had been decimated, 2,504,095 million persons affected, with 332,327 hectares of land completely damaged