Buhari instructs governors on intervention approach – The Eagle Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned state governors not to always call on the Federal Government (FG) to respond to natural disasters in their area without responding first.

Buhari, in a State House press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the response to floods and other natural disasters should follow the threefold response structure of local governments, States and the FG.

While offering his condolences to flood victims in parts of the country, Buhari said, “The structure of the response mechanism to this issue is clear: the government at the center should step in to deal directly with emergencies at the national level and that the councils local governments and states are the first responders in all situations.

“Calls on the Federal Government to respond to all outbreaks of natural disasters not only show an understanding of Nigerian law.

“While this is not a national emergency, the ongoing floods are nonetheless an emergency. Nigerian lives and property are at stake. We call on state governors who have taken action and have committed the necessary equipment to continue their efforts, and those who have not, to immediately deal with their flood management duties in their jurisdiction – that is, the work that the President, Governors and council presidents have been elected to do so.

“Each of the three levels, local government, state government and federal government has a significant budget, allocated monthly precisely to deal with these natural emergencies at the state level, as well as dedicated federal agencies to do the same.

“It is unclear why some of the state governments in question are not already tapping into these funds to deal with the current emergency, and the general population is mistakenly asking the federal government to intervene in all situations. If these funds are no longer available, for whatever reason, affected states and local councils should immediately contact the appropriate authorities to explain what happened to these funds.

“According to the current revenue distribution formula, 2.32% of the derivation funds are reserved for ecology and disaster management.

“Of this amount, the 36 states and the FCT receive 0.72%, the 774 local governments receive 0.6%, adding to 1.32%, leaving a balance of 1% for the federation government.

According to the law of the land, NEMA takes 20 percent of the amount allocated to the federal government. The North East Development Commission, NEDC, collects 10%, the National Farmland Development Authority, NALDA 10%, and the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, GGW 0.5%, leaving 0.55 from the 1% to the government to the center for ecology. protection and disaster management.

While congratulating the few states that are working to avoid natural disasters. and managing them where they occur, the President gave assurances that the FG would continue to work closely with States to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge.

He insisted that responding to natural disasters should be seen as a shared responsibility, adding that it should be based on the three-legged structure.

Noting that floods, unseasonal droughts, savage weather are now global experiences due to climate change, he said no one now denies its adverse effects in every corner of the planet.

He warned: “Nigeria’s efforts led by the President have been acclaimed in Africa and around the world. Instead of making headlines, politicians should bother asking ministries and state governments what steps are being taken to address these challenges. »