President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of 12,000 metric tonnes of grains as relief materials to victims of the recent flood disaster across the country.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, made this known on Thursday at the weekly ministerial briefing in Abuja.
According to her, the Federal Government has so far given interventions to 28 States of the federation.
“The Ministry, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has deployed its emergency response assets, including mobile water purification equipment, search and rescue boats and mobile intensive care unit ambulances to conduct lifesaving First aid and support to vulnerable populations.
“So far, NEMA has reached out and responded to over 1,427,370 displaced persons in 28 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“The provision of food and non-food items for immediate relief and building materials to facilitate the rehabilitation of the impacted populations is still ongoing.
“The remaining States, comprising of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Kwara, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Borno and Gombe, are still ongoing.
“In furtherance of government’s intervention to the vulnerable population, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of 12,000 metric tonnes of grains, comprising of Sorghum, Millet and Garri, from the National Strategic reserve to NEMA for distribution to the 36 States of the country and the FCT.”
The minister announced that the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation under the leadership of business mogul, Aliko Dangote, had also provided assorted foodstuff worth over N1.5billion as support to flood victims across the country.
She said the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, hads donated assorted food stuff worth N1.5billion to NEMA for distribution to all the States of the federation.
On complains by some State governments that they had not received any form of support from NEMA, the minister dismissed such claims as false and untrue.
According to her, all stakeholders and security agencies are carried along in the distribution process as part of measures to check possible diversion or hoarding of the relief materials.
The minister also commiserated with those who lost their loved ones as a result of the flood disaster.
Umar-Farouq, who said temporary shelters had been erected in 22 States added that, in the future, people would be forced to relocate from flood prone areas to avoid being swept away.