Buhari Gives Order Over Benue Flood

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the destructive flood in Benue state which has sacked about 100,000 people from their residence.

The Executive Secretary of the
Benue State Emergency
Management Agency, SEMA,Boniface Ortese, said on Wednesday that over 2,769 households are affected by the
flood.

In a statement on Friday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Mr. Buhari “has received with great concern
reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.”

“Consequently, the president has
directed the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) to
immediately mobilise personnel
and resources to come to the aid of
the victims of the flooding. The president is closely monitoring the situation, and will be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the federal government’s humanitarian response.

“The president extends his sympathies to the government and people of Benue State, and assures that the federal government will make available any assistance needed to enable the state
government and the affected communities cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding,” Mr. Shehu said.

Speaking on the flood, Mr. Ortese told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Makurdi that places affected included Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, Agboughul-Wadata among others.

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