As flood ravages the country more and more, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Water Resources to lead and coordinate with the Ministries of Environment and Transportation, as well as State Governments, to develop a Comprehensive Plan of Action against flood disaster in Nigeria. This directive and instruction was conveyed to the Minister in a letter signed by Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.
Prof Gambari said the plan should be presented to him in 90 days. It added that President Buhari is continuously receiving updates on the flooding situation in the country everyday, and restates that he is committed to addressing the challenges caused by the disaster in the country.
A recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) over the weekend had put over 1.5 million children at risk of dropping out of schools and facing imminent health challenges as a result of the recent flood disaster, which has already affected 34 states out of 36 in Nigeria.
Going by the effects and results of this flooding, should the President give a whole 90 days(3 months) for just action plans? This means that they have the rest of the year and next year to come up with just a plan not even solution. This is a major concern for the citizenry as questions like: “what should the citizens affected do between now and the time line? Is there a plan for evacuation or relocation of people living in the affected areas till the issue is solved or they have to fend for themselves?” are being asked.