The Nigerian Government has constituted a special committee to assess the extent of devastation of communities caused by the recent flood in Kastina and Ogun states and recommend appropriate remedies.
Mr Sani Datti, Head of Media and Public Relations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), made this known in a statement in Abuja.
He said that the committee was constituted to carry out immediate response by providing succour for victims of the flood and to come up with measures to address the plight of the affected communities.
The statement said Mr Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, during the committee’s inauguration in Abuja emphasised that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Ministry of Water Resources and NEMA to carryout detailed assessment.
He said that both the ministry and NEMA had been directed to assess the damages caused by the flood in the identified states and recommend measures to assist the victims and remedies.
Also speaking, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, the NEMA Director-General, advised the committee to discharge its assignment with all seriousness.
Maihaja urged them to collaborate with the Katsina and Ogun State governments in identifying the affected persons, the extent of damage to people’s property and ascertain interventions that may be required.
“The committee’s assignment was in line with the mandate of NEMA to find durable solution to the problem of flood in the country through sensitisation in vulnerable communities.
“Working with the state authorities to relocate communities at risk to higher and safe locations, construction of camps for displaced persons.
“To ensure strict adherence to town planning regulations among other measures,’’ Maihaja said.
The NEMA boss assured members that reports of the committee would serve as case study for addressing the plight of other communities affected by flood in the country.
The statement said the members of the committee include representatives of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, NEMA, National Water Resources Institute, Federal Ministry of Environment and the Federal Ministry of Health.
Others are the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, Rima Basin Development Authority and Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority.
The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks.