Nigeria Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was in Anambra today in continuation of his visit to flood ravaged States in Nigeria. Anambra is one of the four States that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has declared “national disaster” on account of flooding. Others are Kogi and Niger.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had empowered NEMA last week to declare a “National Disaster” in any State affected by flooding, and also directed the Agency take necessary steps to protect victims and alleviate their sufferings. The President also approved the sum of NGN3 billion to cater for victims’ needs if and when the need arises.
See also: NEMA gets NGN3 billion to fight floods.
Today in continuation of his visit to the affected communities, VP Osinbajo was in Otuocha, Anambra State with the Executive Governor, Willie Obiano. The Vice-President initially flew over large expanse of submerged areas to assess the extent of damage.
Then to get up-close, the Vice-President, had to ride on a boat with the Governor in order to better feel the pains of the people. “It’s one of the worst we have seen in recent times,” the VP laments.
Also today, the VP was in Asaba, Delta State, as part of his tour of States affected by flooding, where he also sympathised with the victims, who have been temporarily relocated to the State capital Asaba.
He reassured the people that Buhari administration will bring relief and restoration to all the who had suffered on account of the floods.
In the last few days, parts of Nigeria are being ravaged by flooding, similar to what happened in the year, 2012.
In the flood update released on the twitter handle yesterday – @nemanigeria – NEMA announced that the water level had become higher than what it was six years on the same date (2012).
NEMA writes: “Flood update: The water level for 19/9/2012 was 11.03m with a discharge of 24,941m3/s while water level for today (Wednesday) 19/9/2018 is 11.19m with a discharge of 25,505m3/s”. With this, experts fear more communities may be affected.