The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, yesterday distributed relief materials to the victims of the recent flooding in Isheri in Ogun State.
Edu presented relief materials majorly rice and groundnut oil to victims of the flooding incident in Isheri.
She said that the relief materials is to lessen the hardship brought about by the flood incident said to have affected nothing less than 33,000
She said, “We are here to assess the extent of the damage caused by the recent flooding in Isheri and to also present these food items as a form of humanitarian assistance. It is in line with the agenda for a renewed hope by President Bola Tinubu.
“The President is deeply touched by this flooding challenge and he has promised to bring a permanent solution to this recurring problem. We are well aware that beyond these palliatives, what you desire is a permanent solution to this perennial flooding problem.
“I want to assure you that talks are ongoing about construction of buffer dams to tackle this challenge and when next I am here it will be to join other government officials to commission some of these projects that will help to permanently end this problem”.
Edu also disclosed that the federal government was interested in supporting those who lost their businesses to the flood saying that the present administration is rolling out quite a number of programmes such as conditionally cash transfer, under which the beneficiaries will receive N25, 000 for three months.
She said there are also grants or zero interest loans to support the vulnerable to have means of livelihood as well as End-Hunger among others saying that all of these programmes are tailored towards lifting 50 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 42 months as directed by President Tinubu.
The minister had earlier met with Governor Dapo Abiodun to discuss the issue of social register and social nets initiatives of President Bola Tinubu with him.
The minister further reiterated that the ministry has mapped out immediate intervention in the state, which according to her included support for market women and men, saying that it is part of the interventions intended to take about 50 million people out of poverty within the next 42 months.