Benue Flood: Buhari Asks NEMA To Mobilise Aid For Victims
Succor seems to have come to Benue flood victims.
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilise personnel and resources to come to the aid of the victims of the flooding in the state bordered by River Benue.
The President gave the directive on Thursday to ensure persons affected in 12 local government areas were assisted.
He says "it was with great concern that he received reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas".
Grave Food Insecurity
A statement by Buhari's spokesman, Garba Shehu, says the President is closely monitoring the situation, and
will be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well
as the Federal Government's humanitarian response.
The President also extended his sympathies to the Government and people of Benue State, and assured them that the Federal Government would make available any assistance needed to enable the State Government and the affected communities cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding.
The aid is coming days after the Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, said the damage was not something the State could handle alone.
He wants support from the Federal Government.
A lot has been lost to the flooding. It has
come with grave food insecurity.
So many farms have been taken over by water in the state considered as the Food Basket of the nation.