As floods continue to submerge many community’s in over 31 states in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, to lead and coordinate with the Ministries of Environment and Transportation as well as State Governments to develop a comprehensive plan of action for preventing flood disaster in the country.
IsL source reports that the President gave the directive on Monday in a statement issued through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu.
Shehu in the statement said the President’s directive was conveyed to the Minister in a letter signed by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, adding that the plan should be presented to him in 90 days.
The President, who regularly received updates on the flooding situation in the country, restated his commitment towards addressing the challenges caused by the disaster in the country.
Some of the states where deaths from floods have been reported include Kogi, Niger, Anambra, Kebbi, Delta, Bayelsa, and Jigawa, with about 31 states said to have experienced flooding in 2022.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, revealed that about 82,053 houses had been totally decimated, 2,504,095,000 persons affected, while 332,327 hectares of land were completely damaged.