The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq, on Thursday noted that contrary to perception in some quarters, Bayelsa State now reeling under floods, is not among the 10 most affected states in the country.
Farouk, who appeared at the ministerial media briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja made this assertion.
Reacting to the claim recently made by the leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, that as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, she was not humane over the treatment of areas hit by floods in Bayelsa and other parts of the South, she said Jigawa was the most affected by the current floods.
Recall that Clark had said, “We have a humanitarian minister that is not humane, who was only active to carryout school feeding of school children who were confined to their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“In such an urgent situation of ravaging flood, she has decided to maintain a disquieting quietness. Bodies like the National Emergency Agency , were not able to take proactive measures. Where is the mother of the nation, the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari? Her fellow women are in deep agony, seeing their children dying of starvation and treatable minor illnesses, because there is no medication.”
However, in her response, Farouk said the ministry had taken relief materials to Bayelsa through the Nigerian Air Force.
She said she is not inhumane, noting that the flood disaster is a national issue and she is performing her duty to the best of her ability.
“Merely looking at me, you know that I am humane,” she said.