Following a massive flood which left most parts of the states in ruin, The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has declared National Disaster in five more states.
The affected states are Kebbi, Bayelsa, Taraba, Rivers, and Kebbi.
The National disaster declaration was contained in a statement signed by the Head of Media and Public Relations of NEMA on Thursday.
The statement reads in part, “This has brought to nine the number of states under national disaster caused by the flood devastation. Other four states earlier declared on 17/09/2018 were Niger, Kogi, Anambra, and Delta”, he recalled. He said the Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja made the declaration in consideration of the data and information being received, in particular, the Preliminary Damage Assessment PDA and guided by relevant NEMA Policy documents. He said the five states are observed to have been impacted severely by the disaster.
“On the consultation, subsequent endorsement of all the stakeholders here present, and the delegation of Authority conferred on me by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I, Eng. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja the Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) hereby declared National Disaster in the five (5) states of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Rivers, and Taraba.
“I once again commend the efforts and commitments of all stakeholders, and the International Partners for their contribution so far to the success of this operation. This is highly appreciated. “Finally, the addition of the five states declared expands the scope and the needs for the response and therefore called for more support accordingly”.