“Presidential Flood Relief Committee” Established for Flood Victims: Church Leaders in Nigeria

Christian leaders in Nigeria have called on the federal government to establish a “Presidential Flood Relief Committee” to support victims of destructive floods in various states in the West African nation.

In their statement on Tuesday, October 11, church leaders under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) say floods in Delta, Anambra, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Kogi, Jigawa, Kano and Sokoto states have caused “serious collateral damage” to citizens.

“As a result of the floods in Kogi, many travelers and traders are suffering severe collateral damage by being stranded around Lokoja and its surrounding neighborhoods, while truckers of perishables are set to lose hundreds of millions of naira while their wares rot. even now as the nation struggles to maintain food security,” they say.

CAN officials which include representatives of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria (CBCN) add: “Hundreds of distributors of refined petroleum products are trapped in a dense traffic jam that would extend up to 10 kilometers”.

“CAN urges the Federal Government to urgently set up and empower a Presidential Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Committee which will be comprised of prominent and wealthy Nigerians, to mobilize financial assistance from the public and private sectors for victims of floods ravaging communities across the country.” they say.

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