By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Senate has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, evacuate and resettle all affected citizens from the flood prone and ravaged areas across the country to temporary displaced persons camps.
According to the Senate yesterday, the Federal Government should pay serious attention especially in the flood prone across Yobe State, Cross Rivers, Adamawa, Lagos, Kano, Rivers, FCT, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Imo, Kwara, Kebbi, Anambra, Delta, Niger, Katsina, Kogi, Jigawa and some other States in Nigeria.
The Senate has also directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to urgently mobilize relief materials to Local Government Areas of flood affected States.
The Upper Chamber has also called on the Federal Government to immediately provide economic intervention program to cushion the effect of this disaster.
Resolutions of the Senate were sequel to a motion on the “Urgent need for effective response to the current flood disaster in the country”
The motion was sponsored by Senator Danladi Sankara, APC, Jigawa North-West and Co- sponsored by 22 Other Senators.
In his presentation of the motion, Senator Sankara said that the Senate: “Notes that the flood and persistent heavy downpour witnessed over this rainy season has resulted in the tragic loss of lives, livestock, collapsed houses, displaced residents and washed away farmland across the country;
“Also Notes with concern the recent devastating flood across the country, especially in the flood prone across Yobe State, Cross Rivers, Adamawa, Lagos, Kano, Rivers, FCT, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Imo, Kwara, Kebbi, Anambra, Jigawa and some other States in Nigeria.”
According to him, the Upper Chamber is further “Aware that in my state Jigawa where I come from, about 20 people have lost their lives in different communities of the 27 local government areas of the state, while thousands of houses have been washed away by floods;
“Also Aware that the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA in its 2020 Annual Flood Outlook was informed by the effect of 2012 flood in the country and need to spread information on early warning to reduce the impact of flooding;
“Observes that Nigeria is at the lowest portion of the River Niger Basin which covers nine countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Cote D’ivoir, Guinea, and Niger most of which are currently experiencing flooding.”
Senator Sankara said that the Senate is further “Worried that if excess water is released from the dams in these countries upstream the River Niger Basin, the impact may worsen the already bad flood situation for Nigeria;
“Concerned that according to the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency advisory, there are still many more days of rainfall in the year and more flood may still be expected in the months ahead.”