The Senate yesterday asked the federal government to urgently offer help to states affected by flood and at once supply emergency relief to the victims of the disaster.
The legislators are seeking immediately restore and reinforcement of damaged infrastructure and to put in place environmental measures that would prevent future rainfall that could result in severe damage.
During plenary yesterday, Lado was specific on the flooding in Suleja and urged members to observe a minute silence for the 40 persons who lost their lives in the incident.He further claimed that approximately 400 houses had been destroyed in the process just as scores of residents were sacked from homes in Lekki and Victoria Island areas of Lagos, due to flood that wrecked catastrophe.
Moreover, the lawmakers resolved that the federal government need to through the national Emergency management agency (NEMA) provide relief materials to the victims and charged the Nigeria Meteorological agency (NIMET) to intensify its climate forecasts, with emphasis on translating them in local languages of susceptible areas to flood, thunderstorms and other extreme weather conditions.
The senate’s position came through a motion sponsored by Senator David Umaru (PDP, Niger East) on the flood disaster that affected Suleja and Tafa local government areas of Niger state.citing Order 43 of the Senate standing rules, Umaru stated the people of the area were rendered homeless and that the disaster led to loss of numerous lives and properties.
“the scale of devastation is beyond the capacity of Suleja and Tafa local government councils and indeed Niger state government to handle except the intervention of government. Flood disasters in the country seem to have consistently caught victims off guard in spite of early weather forecast, including predictions of floods, thunderstorms and other intense weather conditions by the NIMET,” he stated.
Stressing the need for government to always be proactive in saving human lives and properties, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) stated rather than the constitute the usual ad-hoc arrangement after flood might have wreaked havoc, it is dutiful that the government live up to responsibilities.
Senate President Bukola Saraki in his brief remarks, charged the government to assist the affected victims with relief materials and the state governments to repair the damaged infrastructure as soon as possible.