From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The federal government has restated its resolve to adequately take care of flood victims in parts of the country as government had given definite directive to relevant authorities in disaster management to tackle the problem with all seriousness in order to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected communities.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the assurance while addressing this year’s flood victims at the St. Lukes ID camp in Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, after inspecting the extent of damage done to communities in Kogi State.
“I have already done some preliminary assessment, some relief materials have been sent and there is a need for more and we will ensure that more relief materials are sent.
“We should be able to accommodate our people to be as comfortable as possible despite the terrible circumstances of this flooding.
“It is the intention of the Federal Government working with the State Governments to offer some rehabilitation and some comfort in whatever way possible to those who have lost their farmlands and those who have lost their homes.
“So this is only the first stage, I am here to look at what has gone wrong and what has happened. Land and properties are under water and after this period when the water recedes that is really when the hard work begins because those who have lost farm lands needs to be restored somehow and need to be compensated including those who have lost houses and property.
“I hope that in the next few weeks we should be able to return people not just to their farm lands but also to their homes,” he assured.