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FG, EU provide N3.4bn for flood victims

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday disclosed that the federal government had released N3billion to support victims across the country.

This came as the European Union Commission also said yesterday it had provided 1 million Euros (N400 million) for the same purpose.

The head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, said the commission’s funding was to provide shelter, medicine and other basic items for an estimated 60,000 people in three of the nine most affected states.

The envoy who stated this during a joint press briefing with the Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja in Abuja, listed the states as Anambra, Kogi and Delta.

He also disclosed that EU had provided technical expertise and detailed satellite maps to aid management services.

He however said the Nigerian government must acknowledge the fact that the adverse effect of climate change is having a critical impact on its people.

He encouraged the government to redouble efforts to proactively prepare for future occurrence. The envoy assured that the commission would follow up on a clear supervision and monitoring to ensure that the materials are delivered as urgently as possible to the affected people.

He also disclosed that the European Civil and Humanitarian Aid Organisation (ECHO) had provided 48 million Euros this year to support the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North east.

The NEMA Director General, Mustapha Maihaja, said flooding had displaced over two million people, killed 199 people and destroyed 307,554 hectares of farmland. He said the assessment of the farmlands could not be completed as many of them are still under water.

He thanked the EU for the support and assured that the fund would be judiciously used.

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