Flooding: Presidency intervenes in Bayelsa, Humanitarian Minister’s row
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on November 10, 2022
The Presidency has waded into the row trailing the flood situation in Bayelsa State and the reaction of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on the situation.
Umar Farouq, during the weekly Ministerial Briefing, hosted at the Presidential Villa by the Presidential Communication Team, last Thursday, while reacting to some comments earlier made by Chief Edwin Clark and Governor Douye Diri, during different media engagements, clarified that Bayelsa was not among the ten most hit States by floods.
The Minister’s clarifications had been followed by more negative reactions, most of which described her as insensitive and some calling for her resignation over her comment.
However, reacting to the development on Wednesday, the Presidency, in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, expressed sadness over the flooding, which claimed lives and property worth trillions in Bayelsa and other parts of the country.
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