The Secretary General of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Abubakar Kende says that according to the INFORM Global Risk Index, Nigeria has a hazard exposure risk of 8.3 out of 10 and will most likely need international humanitarian assistance.
High ranking delegations from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Nigeria’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) graced the kick-off meeting where the items for distribution were displayed. There were also representations from the Presidential Committee on Flood and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Only days after the ECOWAS/FMHADMSD Flood Response kick-off meeting, 100 households in Magi, Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa state got food items like maize, rice, beans, millet, vegetable and palm oil; and non-food items including blankets, towels, sleeping mats, as well as dignity kits; courtesy of the tripartite partnership between ECOWAS, FMHADMSD and NRCS.
Houses of some widows destroyed by the 2020 flood were rebuilt and hand pumps were rehabilitated. It was merely the flag off of an operation that will go round 16 states in each selected L.G.A as part of the commitment made by ECOWAS, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
The intervention states are Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, which had gone through a flood rapid NEEDS assessment. A total of 100 households in each of the selected L.G.A in the 16 states will benefit from the intervention.