Osinbajo Visits Kogi Flood Victims, Assures Them Of Better Welfare Packages
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has assured flood victims in Kogi State that they will be compensated appropriately by the Federal Government to enable them to rehabilitate their damaged homes.
Prof Osinbajo, who was on a day working visit to the State to assess the situation of the communities submerged by the ravaging flood, told the victims that the Federal Government would continue to provide them with relief materials until the river returns to it's normal boundary.
The Vice President, while commiserating with some of the victims in Koton-Karfe, a riverine community of about 40km away from Lokoja, the State capital, allayed the fears of the victims saying that the Federal Government would not abandon them.
He said he was in the State on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari to assess the flood situation and to make decisions as to what should be done immediately to ease the plight of the people.
“It's our duty to ensure that you're well fed and comfortable to some point. Your health care needs are also our priority at this trying time. I have taken a look at the flood sites, it's clear that a lot of property are under the water. Damages have been done to homes, and plants have been submerged by the flood.
“When the flood recedes, everyone, who must have lost so much as a result of the flood will be compensated to give them the opportunity to rehabilitate their homes and get back to their normal lives.”
Osinbajo, while consoling the families of the drowned ones, expressed delight that NEMA studied the situation and had been able to provide some relief materials.
Earlier, the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello urged the people to keep faith with government as everything possible would be done to ensure that victims were not abandoned.
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency said about 441,251 people had been affected by flood in about 50 local government areas in the country.
The agency said this in a situation report on the flooding which it said had left 141,369 people internally displaced.
It said about 192 people sustained injuries as a result of the flood with a total of 108 lives lost to the disaster.
According to the report made available to BOUNCE NEWS, the spokesman for NEMA, Sanni Datti revealed that, about 13,031 houses have been destroyed as a result of the flood while 122,653 hectares of agricultural land have been damaged.
The breakdown by NEMA also indicates that of the 441,251 people affected by the flood, it showed that Kogi State suffered the highest, with 118,199 people affected.
It said currently, only about N3bn, which is 25 per cent of the sum, was available.
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