Manage Flooding In Your States, Presidency Tells Governors
As the rainy season begins in earnest, the Presidency, on Tuesday, challenged states to “face their duties of managing the flooding within their jurisdictions,” explaining that the Federal Government was not mandated to manage such incidents in all 36 states.
This was as it said those calling on the federal government to respond to every outbreak of natural disaster did not display an understanding of Nigerian law.
According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency argued that the local, state and federal governments have been dealt a sizeable monthly budget sufficient enough to deal with state-level and national-level natural emergencies.
The statement is titled ‘Flooding in several Nigerian states and the triple response structure.’
The Presidency stated that the structure of the response mechanism on natural disaster mandated the central government to directly address national-level emergencies and that local government councils and the states were the first responders in all situations.