The Nigerian Federal Government has reported that more than 13,000 people received assistance from its various flood relief initiatives across the country’s affected states. The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Dr Nasir Gwarzo, announced this during a meeting with relevant stakeholders in Abuja, including the Nigeria Red Cross Society, World Food Programme, and ECOWAS Commission.
The interventions provided food, shelter, households, water, sanitation, and cash across 16 states affected by the 2020 flood disaster, including Anambra, Bayelsa, Katsina, Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, Kwara, Niger, Kebbi, Sokoto, Jigawa, Bauchi, Delta, Rivers, Adamawa, and Yobe.
Gwarzo expressed the government’s commitment to providing the necessary support to vulnerable individuals in Nigeria. In addition, he noted that the flood disaster’s impact led to the collaboration of relevant humanitarian agencies to support the government’s response in providing relief to victims.
The disaster resulted in the loss of lives and livelihoods in communities across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones, leading to the displacement of hundreds of people due to frequent insurgent attacks. Gwarzo commended various national and international NGOs and government agencies for their support in providing relief to Nigerians in times of need.
Speakers at the meeting also expressed their commitment to supporting the government’s efforts to address humanitarian situations for vulnerable Nigerians.