Reps urge Buhari to request N100 billion to tackle flooding

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The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to request for N100 billion to tackle the effect of flooding.

The lawmakers made the resolution during Monday’s plenary session after the motion of urgent public importance moved by Henry Nwawuba and Isiaka Ibrahim.

While also mandating the House Committee on Appropriations to include N200 billion in the 2023 budget, they urged the president to propose a supplementary budget of N100 billion.

The House also directed the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to release N5 billion for ecological funds to cushion the effect of flooding.

While moving the motion, Nwawuba warned that the country risks food insecurity if government fails to take proactive action by careful intervention.

According to him, the flooding has affected prices of certain agricultural products and certain industries may be affected.

He noted “In 2012, 32 out of 36 states were affected by flooding, with 363 people killed, over 2.1 Million people displaced, about N7 million people affected and a total loss estimate of N2.6 trillion recorded.”

“In 2022, 33 out of 36 states and the FCT are affected, that is 92% of the entire country, over 600 people killed. Over 1.4 million people displaced and over 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance with over 60% of this number being children”.

Thereafter, the motion was adopted by the lawmakers.

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