Consequent upon series of flooding that keeps ravaging several parts of the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday called on relevant government agencies and entire Nigerians to brace up for the challenge of food shortages which the impact of the flooding may likely cause.
This is even as the party commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the firm and reassuring steps the federal government has taken to mitigate the impact of flooding across the states of the federation and forestall further threat to the nation.
In a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party said; “flood disasters are global phenomenon but our peculiar challenges of development demand deeper insight and capacity which the President has demonstrated.
We therefore commend him for the medium and long term measures being put in place to first ameliorate the suffering of the affected Nigerian communities as well as for the steps already being taken to permanently put under check, the incidence of flooding in future.
“We note that the Presidential Technical Committee set up by the President urgently rounded off its interim impact assessment of the flood ravaged states upon which government energized its agencies to offer immediate relief. We note also that the President has been in synergy with the leadership of the National Assembly and governors of the affected states in confronting this menace.
“We particularly commend the President for releasing the sum of 17.6 billion Naira and for setting up National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation to further assist it in raising fund for the ‘post impact rehabilitation of the affected victims’. It is further reassuring that the President and his Vice will tour the affected states.”
PDP has however called on the members of the committee to justify the confidence reposed on them by the government.
Rising from its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting on Wednesday, the PDP expressed sympathy for the flood victims and announced additional plans to complement the efforts of the federal government in bringing relief to the flooded communities.
The party also commended individuals, groups, corporate bodies and the international community for the rescue and care they offered to the flood victims.
PDP however disclosed that it National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Turkur will lead the team of the party leaders to the affected states to share in the pains of fellow Nigerians besides offering additional assistance to them to complement the efforts of the federal government towards surmounting this challenge.
The party urged the federal, state and local governments as well as farmers to take measures to avert imminent food shortages on account of floods.
“The NWC intend to liaise as matter of overriding importance with all the relevant agencies of government to work out plans to forestall possible food shortages arising from this. Food security is cardinal to our manifesto,” PDP said.