‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
DAILY COURIER – Following the ravaging flood that has affected major parts of the country, APC, PWDs National Leader, Hon Tolu Bankole, has asked for urgent palliative care for the individuals affected by the rampaging flood.
Hon Bankole also asked the minister in charge of disaster management to speedily give top priority to alleviating the suffering of victims.
In letter to the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq dated October 18, the PWDs leader said:
“I write to request as a matter of urgency that you direct relevant agencies under the supervision of your ministry to deploy necessary interventions to ameliorate the precarious situation of vulnerable Nigerians occasioned by the recent flood situation in different parts of the country.
“I condole with families of those who lost their valued family members across the country due to the devastating flood and sympathise with those whose homes, farmlands and businesses have been lost as well.
“Meanwhile, despite the spirited efforts by various state governments to bring succour to the flood victims, tragic reports from Persons with Disabilities across the country meant that there is an urgent need for palliative intervention from your good office in the immediate to cushion the dire situation of PWDs and other vulnerable citizens.”
The recent flood has resulted in loss of lives and destruction of farmlands, houses, investments, properties, lives and infrastructures especially in Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Kogi, Adamawa, Plateau, Yobe, Jigawa, and Anambra states.
While making case for the displaced persons, he added: “I ask that priority must be given to the rehabilitation resettlement and compensation of PWDs, and other vulnerable people whose lives have been grounded by this catastrophe.”