The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has cleared the air over alleged astronomical sums requested from the federal government to tackle flooding.
According to figures released by the agency on Thursday, September 27, 199 casualties were recorded in the recent disaster that spread to 87 local governments in 12 states across the country.
It was alleged that NEMA asked for N12 billion but received N3 billion with over N9 billion still required for effective response.
However, the agency has debunked such claims, emphasizing that it got N3 billion for initial logistics, search and rescue, supply of pre-assessment relief materials, which includes food, non-food items and medical supplies.
A statement released by NEMA’s spokesperson, Sani Datti, on Thursday, September 27, said the portrayal of the funding aspects of the exercise was not properly captured in the reports written from the Agency’s statement.
Datti said: “For the avoidance of doubt, NEMA did not at any point in time request for N12 billion from the federal government. The President of FRN, however, Approved the sum of N3 billion for initial logistics, search and rescue, supply of pre-assessment relief materials, which includes food, non-food items and medical supplies.”
“NEMA also appreciates the timely disbursement of the approved funds as this has allowed the Agency to promptly perform its duties to Nigerians in need at this time,” Datti said.
He further commended the timely intervention by President Muhammadu Buhari which made it possible for the agency to offer emergency services to persons affected by the flood.
Datti also thanked the media and Nigerians for the or assistance in the quest to minimize the effect of the flood.
“The management of NEMA remains grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari as the N3 billion is adequate for the aforementioned activities and ongoing relief operations.
However, the full extent of the damage from the flood would be verifiable after the water recedes from affected areas and this could take up to three months. Our experts extrapolated the initial N3 billion expenditure to arrive at an estimated N12 billion that would be required to carry out necessary interventions when the extent of damage has been confirmed.
As is the practice globally, emergency response in the aftermath of natural disasters is usually multi-sectorial, inter-agencies and multi-resource funded, which makes it possible to receive funding from other sources like UNDAC and the European Union Commission that have offered support to the Nigerian Government in some areas. Discussions with these international bodies have reached advanced stages.
NEMA renews its appeal to Nigerians to assist affected victims with food and non-food items, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, bedding, and other useful relief materials to assist our fellow citizens in coming out of this distaste faster than expected.
NEMA expresses its gratitude to the media for the objective coverage of all its activities including the recent floods and would urge all to make it a point to cross check the facts in order to avoid any misleading report in public domain,” Datti added.
Meanwhile, newsmen previously reported that NEMA and the National Hydrological Services AgenciesISA) have warned that 12 states across Nigeria would soon experience flooding due to torrential rain falls.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two agencies gave the warning on Friday, September 7, during an emergency stakeholders’ meeting held with relevant stakeholders in Abuja.
The report said Clem Nze, the director of engineering hydrology at NHISA, listed the states t be affected.
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