FG Ask Nigerians to Prepare For Food Scarcity, As Flood Destroys Over 5,000 Farmlands Across the Country
The federal government of Nigeria today asked Nigerians to brace up for some hunger as the nation may soon be ploughed into food scarcity as part of the effects of flooding washing away farmlands and ravaging residential quarters across the country.
The sad news was broken to citizens today by the nation’s Minister of Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, while addressing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo in the presidential villa, Abuja.
Malaifia described Kogi State as the state with the most devastating impact of the flood.
While noting that Kogi state is the worst hit by the flood disaster, the minister said members of the presidential committee saddled with the responsibility of ascertaining the impact of the flood on lives and property were confronted with impassable roads, submerged government infrastructure and traumatised people in the state. This is even as she emphasized that over 5,000 farmlands have so far been destroyed by the ravaging flood across the country in government’s estimation.
According to her: “the consequences of the flood are that there are huge loses of farmlands, there are likely threat to food security, we are likely going to have challenges that have to do with the health of the people in some areas. The flooding we are experiencing in the country do not in any way fall into what you can term man made.This is a natural phenomenon that cuts across the globe. With the technology in places like the United States, they still had the flooding there, in China and even our neighbour Niger with an arid land.
“For anyone to think that government has not done well or that there was something that we needed to do that we have not done is a little bit awesome because there is a limit to which you can fight nature. Where you have in a country where well over 5,000 farmlands washed away, then there is cause for attention. It is of national interest. So all what we are saying is that it is a national emergency. It calls for sober reflection.”
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