FG promises relief for farmers

The Federal Government has promised to compensate farmers whose farmlands and crops were destroyed by the recent floods across parts of the country.

However, the compensation will be paid after the end of a comprehensive impact assessment of the floods by the National Food Security Council.

The government which confirmed the death of 612 persons and displacement of 1.42 million others in the natural disaster, said Jigawa, Anambra, and Kogi states were the worst hit.

It put the number of persons affected by the floods at 3,219,780.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Sadiya Farouq gave the highlights during the weekly ministerial briefing hosted by the Presidential Communication Team in Abuja yesterday.

Farouk then reeled out efforts by her ministry and the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) in mitigating the effects of the disaster.

Her words: “You may recall that we have a Presidential Committee on Food Security. Now, we are doing the assessments of those farmlands that were destroyed and we’ll submit our report to the food security council chaired by the President.

“Once that is done, we’ll know the next step to take, but definitely, farmers will be compensated for the loss of their means of livelihood.”



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