The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has flagged-off the distribution of assorted grains as palliative to about fifty nine thousand, three hundred and thirty eight (59, 338) vulnerable households in Adamawa.
The minister explained that the Palliatives from the national grain reserve was meant as a response to cushion the adverse economic effect of lockdown on residents as government works hard to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Farouq made the remarks, Wednesday, while flagging off the distribution of the palliatives in Yola, Adamawa state.
Sadiya Farouq said, “I am also here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari to present to you, assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the recent restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We all know that the outbreak of the pandemic has brought about changes and challenges to our normal ways of living.
“Most obvious, is the vulnerable persons that depend largely on others for their daily survival.
“Such persons are the aged, people living with disabilities and persons of concerns, that deserve support in terms of basic necessities including foods.”
Giving details of the items for distribution, the minister said, “The food items brought to the state are, Maize 1,366.52 Metric tonnes (46 trailer load), Millet 172.19 Metric tonnes (6 trailer load) and Sorghum 1,428.17 Metric tonnes (48 trailer load)
“These food items are meant to cater for 59,338 households.”
She added that, “It is important to put on record that Adamawa State has benefitted from the Emergency Agricultural Intervention Programme which was approved by President MuhammaduBuhari in 2019.
“It commenced with verification of affected farmers and was immediately followed by the distribution of farm inputs.
“The inputs already distributed comprised of seeds and seedlings, agrochemicals and knapsack sprayers.
“A total of 10,142 farmers have been verified to benefit from the fertilizer for having been affected by the flood and 11, 400 affected by conflicts.
“Modified liquid fertilizer will be supplied for the distribution in place of solid NPK which was suspended in 2019 based on directive of the National Security Adviser.”
The minister also used the occasion to draw the attention of the state government on the need to put measures on ground to curb the possible effect of the impending flood.
She said, “May I draw the attention of Your Excellency to the 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and the Annual Flood Outlook.
“The Annual Flood Outlook informed that 102 Local Government Areas, in 28 States fall within the highly probable risk areas, while 275 Local Government Areas in the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory fall within the moderately probable flood risk areas.
“The remaining 397 Local Government Areas fall within the low probable flood risks areas.
“Unfortunately, the predicted floods have started to occur in many parts of the country, therefore, it is imperative to activate all plans and measures against the prediction as the season moves towards the peak.
“This year, the highly probable flood risk areas in Adamawa State are Yola North, Yola South and Lamurde Local Government Areas, while the probable flood risk areas are Numan, Guyuk and Demsa Local Government Areas.
“In view of the foregoing, I wish to request the State Government to kindly take proactive and necessary mitigative measures in addressing these issues, namely, directing the State Emergency Management Agency, frontline Local Government authorities and other response agencies to put in place preparedness actions.
“Carrying out public enlightenment campaigns, targeting vulnerable communities to undertake mitigation actions and prepare for evacuation to safe ground, identifying high grounds for possible Internally Displaced Persons camps, to shelter evacuated communities.
“Desilting river channels and canals, removing all refuse and weeds from water channels, drainages, and all avenues for river run offs so as to allow free flow of flood waters.
“Organizing State Humanitarian Coordination Forum meetings to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response, prepositioning relief materials for prompt response after the flood, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has taken note of this year’s prediction and has been working with stakeholders to mitigate the possible effect of the flooding.”
While welcoming the minister, the Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has called on the federal government to facilitate the completion abandoned federal government projects in the state.
Fintiri drew the attention of the minister to the abandoned Chochi dam which he said would go a long way in taming the adverse affect of the flood.
He promised to put every possible response of the government in place to provide succour for residents of the state who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and for those that might be hard hit by the impending flood.
The minster later visited the North East Humanitarian Hub where she commended the efforts of the hub in mobilising young Nigerians to deal with the effects of poverty and economic challenges in the region through creative development of solutions.
The minister while at the hub chaired over the virtual graduation of over 800 women representing the Hub’s first cohorts of Women Codeprenuer program funded by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
While welcoming the minister the Innovation Hub outlined some of its successes over the years including the launching of a 3D printing lab and internship program, the provision of prosthetic limbs to ten beneficiaries including a nine year old Mohammed and DSP Adamu, a service police officer, the organising of free women coding and entrepreneurship program for hundred women in Adamawa state in the first instance and to about six thousand beneficiaries across the the north east states in 2020, among several other numerous outstanding achievements.