FG moves to mitigate flood disasters in Nigeria

The Federal government through the National Economic Council, at Its 127th meeting, on Thursday received briefings on the need for States to adopt strategies to step up service delivery and mitigate flood disasters this season.

The meeting which was held virtually had state governors, some Deputy governors and key federal ministers in attendance.

The presentation by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), revealed that the Global caseload of Covid 19 is stable and the Trends in Nigeria show that COVID-19 cases have increased by 3% across the States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The NCDC urged the States to commit more testing, including routine testing and frequent testing for health workers.

There has been 318 cases of monkey pox in 30 states as of January one to September four 2022 with 7 Deaths so far recorded.

The Council also received memo from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Flood Risk Reduction Efforts.

The agencies called for the implementation of measures in the National flood emergency preparedness and response plan, Equip NEMA, SEMA and other response agencies with necessary resources for the emergency response to communities and persons affected by flood and Strengthen States and LGAs institutions for flood preparedness, Mitigation and Response, etc.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo praised Governor Fayemi for his role as Chair of the NGF and noted his “informed and patriotic contributions” to the work of the NEC.

The Vice President also commended the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning who serves as Council Secretary, Olusola Idowu as she retires from public service.

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