Humanitarian Affairs Minister Bashed For Conducting Flood Assessment On Plane

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has come under intense criticism for carrying out an assessment of the alleged flooded banks of the Kainji Dam on a plane.

The ministry’s Twitter handle on Thursday tweeted photos of the minister abroad the plane with the caption: “Yesterday, HM @Sadiya_farouq flew over Kainji dam for an aerial view and assessment of the impact of the flooded banks.”

But many Nigerians who reacted to the post said a plane was inappropriate for such a mission.

They insisted that a helicopter or drone could have done a better job, noting that a plane flies too high to be effective in surveillance or reconnaissance missions.

Meanwhile, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, operators of the Kainji Dam, denied that the dam burst its banks as reported in some quarters earlier in the week.

The company’s head of corporate communications, Olugbenga Adebola, said what happened at the facility was a routine water spillage exercise to regulate the water flow along River Niger.

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