Floods: Osinbajo’s solutions truncate activists’ schemes by Seyi Gesinde


Editor’s note: Seyi Gesinde, award-winning journalist, political scientist and public affairs analyst, writes in this article about how the federal government is tackling the issue of recent flooding through the vice president’s office, warning that the matter should not not be subject to political decisions. campaigns by those who aspire to public office.

Floods are now everywhere, they have destroyed lives, submerged buildings, engulfed valuables and generally pose a great danger to the survival of people living around waterlogged communities.

To stop the situation, in his usual approach of rapid response to emergencies, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, had quickly rallied state governors, while sensitizing direct stakeholders at the national level to immediately rescue Nigerians. affected.

Seyi Gesinde said Vice President Osinbajo is vigorously tackling the flood problem on behalf of the federal government. Photo credit: @NigeraGov
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Taking this further, the Vice President using the instrument of the National Economic Council (NEC) had put in place more formal modalities to lead the 36 state governors to contain the floods currently ravaging Nigerian states.

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At the last meeting of the NEC, the Vice President convened, precisely on Thursday, October 20, 2022, the Board resolved to form a committee of Federal Government and State Governors to liaise with key stakeholders to find long-term solutions to flooding issues across the country, while an allocation has also been made available to support medium and short-term efforts to mitigate the impact of flooding in affected states.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State attested to presidential support while giving details of their meeting chaired by Vice President Osinbajo, and said that part of the problem faced was the result of climate change, the council has however decided to work to prevent future occurrences.

Umahi said:

“NEC has agreed to set up a committee to review immediate solutions and responses to the floods and to see how we are taking care of those affected and the states as well. And also to propose long-term solutions in line with what the Minister of Water Resources is doing with the President’s action plan in this regard.

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Likewise at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by the VP on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, a follow-up was made on the agreement reached, while other immediate efforts by the FG to stop the situation were detailed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, to ​​include medical support that was provided to 199 flood-affected local communities across the country.

There was also the provision of portable water by fire engines in the northern and central states of Jigawa, Kano, Benue and Kogi where flooding problems were first encountered, while the same gesture has also been extended to southern states.

In southern states, military surveillance and aerial assessment of communities were said to have been mounted to guide ground rescue efforts and the evacuation of flood victims, while the distribution of relief materials Relief to affected states has begun.

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In his memoir, Farouq said that as of October 21, 2022, records indicated that as many as 3.2 million people had been affected by floods in Nigeria, with 1,427,370 internally displaced; 2,776 people injured: 612 lives lost; 181,600 houses partially damaged and 123,807 completely damaged, 392,399 hectares of agricultural land have been totally destroyed to date.

The damage is enormous and as we know with Vice President Osinbajo being adept at being quick to respond to troubled Nigerians and resolving issues of general interest, these issues need to be addressed permanently. Recalled in 2018, when Nigeria faced a similar challenge, it was Professor Osinbajo, the first official to visit the flood-stricken communities of Anambra, Delta, Niger, Rivers and Bayelsa. The Vice President even put a canoe on the water to connect with despondent Nigerians in the waterlogged areas. He deployed government resources and eased the suffering of Nigerians.

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In these states, Vice President Osinbajo ensured that all affected people were quickly resettled and that livelihoods were restored in the affected areas. Specifically, he visited Zungeru Primary School in Niger State, where people displaced by flooding issues were camping, just as he was also in Otuocha, a town and seat of Anambra local government. East in Anambra State, Nigeria., where overflowing water had taken its toll. His visit was a fitting balm, he helped them.

But now that the calamitous floods are happening again four years later, his remedy goes beyond that theatrical round-the-clock approach, we now see our politicians applying, turning flooded communities into filming centers and taking turns at the gallery, all in the name of politics, trying to outdo each other without any convincing evidence of how to fix the problem in their manifestos.

The less impressive approach of these politicians to flooding issues other than indicting individuals in the government they once served while pontificating about what they allegedly did in power without any empirical basis amounts to politics. The gifts they gave up are commendable, but a more lasting solution is needed. The same flood victims received plenty of donations, even from more committed individuals and organizations in 2018, but that hasn’t stopped their problems from recurring, even with more devastating force now.

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Instead of offering solutions, politicians only amplify problems for campaign purposes, and their supporters attack government leaders, especially the vice president, as if nothing had been done. Yet in 2018 or before when some of these gladiators were governors, today they don’t refer to the fact that it was Osinbajo who then thought about the solutions for them in their states. What have some of them done as governors with the ecological funds?

As we can see, the situation rather today, requires a more strategic approach, especially since the problem appears bigger than it was, it is not a question of redoing the canoe but of s ‘Stop and think about what might be a lasting solution and implement it quickly, that’s exactly what Vice President Osinbajo is supposed to do now from the powerhouse.

Just as in the words of Elizabeth Williams, who said “There was no point in talking about the problem unless you talked about the solution”, our politicians must learn from this great woman, a peace activist, who was co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for his peaceful resolution of problems in his country, Northern Ireland. She didn’t talk about problems, she solved them. This is Osinbajo’s current concern as a problem solver, he solves problems.

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So, those who criticize Osinbajo for not roaming the flooded states unlike before must also understand that “we cannot solve our problems with the same level of thought that created them”, as Albert Einstein sketched it, this great German-born theoretical physicist, widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Einstein wasn’t canoeing and giving alms to troubled souls, he solved their problems permanently. Osinbajo solves it too; he is mobilizing for a permanent solution to the flooding problems in Nigeria.

Essentially, it is under this permanent mode of problem solving that Vice President Osinbajo currently operates, having been associated with the people for years and knowing their problems, he is now busy offering them lasting solutions. If there is a very pressing need that requires him to transport flood waters, why not? But instead of bashing an achiever, aspiring leaders and naysayers should learn from Osinbajo’s example of how to be a successful public servant.

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