Tinubu Takes Swift Action to Address Impending National Flood Crisis  - The Top Society

Tinubu Takes Swift Action to Address Impending National Flood Crisis 

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has issued a directive for an immediate Action Plan to combat the looming flood crisis across the nation.

Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Communications from the Office of the Vice President, made this announcement in an official statement on Tuesday.

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The President’s directive came during an emergency meeting held at Aso Villa in Abuja, where he was represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima. This meeting was called urgently to address the growing concern about the potential flood crisis.

To tackle this imminent challenge, President Tinubu has established a committee, with Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello appointed as its head. The committee has been given a strict timeline of seven days to provide a comprehensive report and a strategic plan to mitigate the impending flood crisis.

“Based on the submissions by the DG of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, the situation is not that terrible, but to be forewarned is to be forearmed. The submissions by the other relevant stakeholders are equally poignant, and we can’t afford to take chances.

“Though the situation is not as bad as we might think, we need to set up a committee so that the report of the Presidential Committee and the 2022 Federal Executive Council – approved broad preparedness plan should be harmonised and implemented immediately,” the Vice President stated.

Shettima emphasized that a practical plan is essential to tackle the flood crisis in Nigeria. He further explained that the North East Development Commission (NEDC), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the Federal Government would share the responsibilities in addressing this issue.

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He stated:

“I deliberately invited the NEDC and NDDC so that whatever resources that NEMA has, they have to be released to the states so that they can start making preparations for any eventuality.

“Based on the Presidential directive, I will meet with the NEDC and NDDC chief executives for states under their coverage. There should be interventions from them.

“For NEDC, they can take care of Taraba, Bauchi and Adamawa. For NDDC, they can take care of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Cross River. For states like Ebonyi, Kogi and Benue, we will mobilise from our savings and deploy the same to assist them. We have to share responsibilities and hence the immediate need for implementing the roadmap.”

This development follows closely on the heels of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) issuing a flood alert to residents in nine states: Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Taraba.

 

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