As parts of its core mandate of coordinating roles in humanitarian interventions, management of disasters and social development of Nigerians, the Minister of Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq was in Adamawa State on Thursday for the needs assessment following the recent floods in the state and also to offer emergency relief materials to the affected persons.
Hajiya Farouq who was at the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Mustapha where she commiserated with him and the people of Adamawa over the recent disaster that plagued the state.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq distributing relief materials to the victims
She stated that apart from providing relief materials to alleviate the immediate needs of the victims, the ministry would ” coordinate all relevant Federal Government stakeholders and the Adamawa State Government to ensure risk reduction strategies are adopted, these include training of first responders and ensuring they are prepared at all times and putting in place recovery processes and mechanisms that promote resilience.”
The minister then proceeded to Fufore town of Fufore Local Government Area where she visited the District Head of Fufore, Alhaji. Ahmed Gidado and distribute relief materials to the affected community.
Some of the relief materials
Other places visited include Jippu Jam, and Jimeta and Limawa in Yola North.
Hajiya Farouq noted that while some disasters are as a result of natural factors like heavy rainfall and climate change, others were due to poor waste management, poor drainage and non compliance with town planning regulations, adding that “the impact of floods could be reduced if proper attention would be paid to good waste management, drainage systems and strict adherence to town planning regulations. “
The minister was accompanied by the senator representing Yola Central, Hajiya Aisha Dahiru Ahmed, Director, relief and rehabilitation of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Kayode Fagbemi and the staff of the ministry.