The National Economic Council on Thursday directed the National Emergency Management Agency to provide immediate intervention and relief to states affected by floods.
It also resolved to develop and articulate a roadmap to address flooding and manage attendant disasters.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nyesom Wike, revealed this to State House correspondents after the 136th NEC meeting, which was held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Wike said the Governor of Kogi State and Chairman of the Committee on the Impact of Flood and Disaster Across the States in Nigeria, Yahaya Bello, categorised states into A, B and C based on degrees of damage.
Group A states with over 15 points and most affected include Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers, Enugu, Kano, Oyo, Yobe and Zamfara.
Group B states with 10-15 points are Cross River, Delta, Jigawa, Kwara and Ondo.
Group C, states with less than 10 points are Katsina, Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and the FCT.
The International Organisation for Migration warned that 4.2 million Nigerians are at risk of displacement in 2023.
The prediction formed part of the IOM’s 2023 Nigeria Response Overview Disaster Preparedness Plan, issued in response to the country’s growing threat of climate-induced disaster.
Although Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is no stranger to seasonal floods, the 2022 floods, which, according to UNICEF, affected 3.2 million people (including 1.9 million children), are the worst in a decade.
In October 2022, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development revealed that floods displaced over 1.4 million people, killed over 603 persons and injured more than 2,400 persons. Also, over 82,035 houses were damaged, with 676,000 hectares of farmlands affected.
700,000 of the displaced persons were in Bayelsa State, where floods submerged about 300 communities after torrential rains.
In Jigawa, the worst-hit of the 34 states affected, over 257 health facilities and schools were destroyed between August and November 2022.
Former President Muhammadu Buhari had, in late January, inspected the roads, bridges and settlements affected by the flood disaster which affected Auyo through Kafin Hausa and some parts of Miga, Jahun, Kiyawa, Dutse and Birnin Kudu Local Government areas of Jigawa.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, the FCT minister said, “Today, the Committee submitted its preliminary report and expressed to the council their inability to reach out to all the states because some states have already cost the effects of the flood in their various states.
“And so we’re unable to reach the technical staff of the Committee. They came up with three categories: category A, Category B and Category C.
“NEC resolved to develop a roadmap for intervention and directed NEMA to provide immediate intervention on relief to affected states. Roadmap will be developed and articulated by NEC with the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.”