President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with victims of natural disasters especially floods which have ravaged some states of the federation recently, especially in the Southwest and Southeastern parts of the country.
While stressing that the phenomenon is not peculiar to Nigeria as is evident in other parts of the world, the president assured that the occurrence, attributable in part to climate change, is attracting his attention and those of other world leaders, as evidenced by series of meetings and conferences on the phenomenon, the latest of which happened on the margins of the recent United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
Commending the efforts of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for its intervention activities so far, bringing succour to victims in different parts of the country, the president expressed concern that there is an overwhelming recourse to the federal body to come to the aid of the distressed whenever disasters occur, which should normally not be the case.
The president urged stakeholders to be alive to their roles as spelt out in the policy document on disaster management in the country.’
He specifically called on local and state governments to live up to their responsibilities by coming to the assistance of victims that fall within their purview.
The president assured all Nigerians of his commitment to issues bordering on their welfare, promising that his administration is determined to inculcate better coordination of the plight of the citizenry through the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.