President Buhari Directs Emergency Response to Benue Flooding

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 1, 2017

Benue state, which is heavily reliant on its agricultural sector, has suffered repeated floods in recent years, caused by heavy rains and the opening of dams in neighbouring Cameroon.

A statement obtained from the presidency by NAIJ.com stated that the president said he received the reports of the flood which affected 12 local governments with great concern.

I will be monitoring and getting updates on the rollout of the Federal Government's humanitarian response to the disaster.

In addition to the officers of the North Central Zonal Office in Jos, to deliver immediate humanitarian assistance to the affected persons in the various locations and assess the situation for further supports.

"As you can see, the level of flood water is increasing, more houses are being submerged and more of our people are displaced", he added. With the intention to travel to Daura for the holidays, it would have seemed necessary and worthy of the President make a stop at Makurdi in an act of solidarity with the Nigerian people of that devastated state.

Officials in beneficiary states such as Plateau, however, say they are yet to receive the money, which was supposed to be taken from the Ecological Fund and disbursed through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the affected states.

This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the agency's Head of Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the agency to immediately mobilize personnel and resources to the ravaged state.

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