The Niger Delta Caucus of Nigeria’s House of Representatives has called on the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq to resign her appointment as Minister

The group made the call on Monday in reaction to the Humanitarian Minister’s declaration that Jigawa state was the most-hit state in the 2022 flood disaster

The group told the House of Representatives Press Corps at the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital that their attention had been drawn to an address by the Minister on the 3rd of November, 2022 where she said Bayelsa State is not amongst the top 10 most affected states by the 2022 flood that is currently ravaging some states in the country.

“We call on the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster. Management and Social Development to honourably resign her appointment as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, failing which Mr President should relieve her of her appointment immediately.”

They noted that the Minister’s assumption is based on the following;

The number of deaths and displaced persons per state.
The number of injured.
The number of partially damaged houses.
The number of totally damaged houses.
The number of farmlands totally and partially damaged.

According to the Niger Delta Caucus, the Minister put the number of persons injured in Bayelsa State at 81 and the number of deaths at 91.

They also noted that Bayelsa State is the only state that could not be linked by road to the western flank of Nigeria through Delta State and to the eastern flank of Nigeria through Rivers State

They added that almost the entire State has been under water with all schools, including the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Niger Delta Teaching Hospital, Federal University, Otueke, University of Africa, Toru-Orua and Federal Polytechnic Ekowe closed down.

The Niger Delta Caucus further explained that the State could only be connected through the waterways or by air.

They also commended the Governor of Bayelsa and other Niger Delta States, for displayingthe much-needed leadership in the face of the crisis

The group added that individually and collectively, they have been involved in providing relief materials to victims of the disaster.

They, therefore, called on the Nigerian government to assist more flood victims.


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