Set Up “Presidential Flood Relief Committee” for Flood Victims: Nigeria’s Church Leaders

Devastating floods in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Christian leaders in Nigeria have called on the Federal government to create a “Presidential Flood Relief Committee” towards the support of victims of destructive floods in various States of the West Africa nation.

In their Tuesday, October 11 statement, the church leaders under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) say flooding in Delta, Anambra, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Kogi, Jigawa, Kano, Sokoto States has caused “serious collateral damages” to citizens.

“As a result of the flooding in Kogi, many travelers and traders are suffering serious collateral damages by being stranded around Lokoja and its surrounding districts, while truckers of perishable foodstuffs are on the verge of losing hundreds of millions of naira as their goods rot away even now that the nation is struggling to maintain food security,” they say.

CAN officials who include representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) add, “Hundreds of distributors of refined petroleum products are trapped in a heavy traffic gridlock that reportedly stretches as far as 10 kilometers.”

“CAN urges the Federal Government to urgently set up and empower a Presidential Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Committee that will consist of eminent and wealthy Nigerians, to mobilize financial assistance from both the public and private sectors for victims of the flood disaster raging communities across the country” they say.


CAN officials further say, “Such a presidential committee is necessary and timely at this point in our national life because the diligent intervention by all stakeholders will no doubt reduce the burden imposed by the natural disaster facing us today.”

At least half a million Nigerians have been affected by flooding in “29 of Nigeria's 36 states this year,” Reuters reported.  

A CNN report indicates that the “flood crisis has been disastrous this year, killing at least 300 people.”

In their October 11 statement, CAN officials urge relevant authorities in Nigeria “to make deliberate efforts by designing and implementing a permanent solution to the flood disaster.”

“We must further improve on our warning system, promote flood resilient buildings, construct buildings above flood levels and increase spending on the construction of flood defenses,” they add.

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The Christian leaders say citizens should be encouraged “to plant trees strategically while the authorities should stop at nothing to restore rivers to their natural courses and introduce water storage areas.”

“Apart from clearing the drainage, the government should also embark on public enlightenment about the responsibilities of citizens, which could help to reduce the impact of flooding,” the representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria say in their October 11 statement.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.