President Muhammadu Buhari says monitoring of communities prone to flooding will continue with a view to rendering all necessary assistance.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says under the prevailing revenue allocation formula, 2.32 percent of derivation funds is set aside for ecology and disaster management.
The President extends heartfelt condolences to affected communities, many of whom have lost relatives, suffered damage to property, and destruction of crops and farm lands.
He noted that National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, had written to each of the 36 states of the federation through their states governors, advising them on the appropriate action to take in view of the gloomy forecasts of the rains this year.
President Buhari gave assurance that appropriate budget have been allocated monthly to state governors precisely for dealing with state-level natural emergencies.
According to the statement, the 36 states and the FCT gets 0.72 percent, the 774 local governments get 0.6 percent, adding to 1.32 percent, leaving a balance of one percent for the government of the federation.
“By the law of land, according to it, NEMA takes 20 percent of the amount allocated to the Federal Government, the Northeast Development Commission, NEDC, collects 10 percent, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, 10 percent, and the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, GGW, 0.5 percent, leaving 0.55 of the one percent to the government at the center for ecological protection and disaster management”.
The President commends the few states that planned ahead of natural disasters and managing same where they occur.
It emphasizes that Nigeria’s efforts, led by the President, have been acclaimed in Africa and globally.
Writing by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Julian Osamoto