6 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Federal Government has warned that floods may wreak havoc in many states of the federation.
Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu gave the warning while unveiling the ninth edition of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency Annual Flood Outlook, AFO, in Abuja.
Alhaji Adamu explained that the outcome of these forecasts have increased awareness of the Nigerians on measures to be taken before, during and after the floods.
The minister said three hundred and two Local government areas in thirty six states including the FCT fall within the moderate probable flood area while one hundred and twenty one Local government areas in twenty eight states will fall within the highly probably risk areas.
Alhaji Adamu explained that states to experience river flooding are Kebbi, Anambra, Niger, Kwara, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Delta, Edo, Rivers and Bayelsa adding that coastal flooding will affect Rivers, Cross Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos and Ondo states.
He further stressed that flash and urban floods from heavy inundation are predicted to occur in some major cities adding that the severity would depend on the availability and adequacy of the drainage system and adherence to urban planning regulations.
Earlier in her welcome address, the permanent Secretary of the ministry of water resources, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack said the overall objective of the AFO was to sensitize the nation towards embarking on preventive measures to reduce potential damage to lives and property from predicted flood events.
Mrs. Walson- Jack who described the release of this year’s prediction as timely stated that it would provide ample opportunity for enlightenment campaigns in the media for better preparedness on flood migration, control and management in flood risk locations across the country.
In his goodwill message, the Secretary of the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha who stressed that some communities found it difficult to adhere to early warningd of flood predictions urged NIHSA to partner other agencies to educate Nigerians on how to mitigate flood.
On his part the Director General of NiMET, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu appealed to NIHSA not sit back and watch events unfold but institutionalized mechanisms where all stakeholders are engaged continuously to counter the predictions.
The Annual Flood Outlook is one of the useful early warning tools that could be used to avert flooding.