President Muhammadu Buhari has delegated authority to the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja, to declare a “national disaster,” following the upsurge in various areas of the country due to flooding.
This was made known in a press release with the title “Situation Report on the River Flood Along the Banks of Rivers Benue and Niger.”
The directive was imperative due to the cautious warning by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NHSA), noting that the Benue River, as well as the River Niger, had almost reached the point of full which led to the 2012 nationwide flooding.
“Delegation of authority to the Director General of NEMA to activate the Disaster Response Units of the military for possible search and rescue missions,” it read.
The government also said it would urgently make available N3billion naira to begin the procurement of relief materials.
The letter also instructed the head of the emergency agency to provide regular updates to the President.