05 September 2020 by Georgina Humphrey
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, has appealed to the Nigeria Governors Forum to assist the Agency with funds to enable it carry out more accurate predictions and research to mitigate flooding across the country.
The Director General of the Agency, Mr. Clement Nze made the appeal while speaking with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
Mr. Nze explained that with accurate predictions lives and property would be preserved during flooding.
The NIHSA Director General who also appealed to stakeholders in the sector to support the agency stressed that it lacks funds to carry out its mandate.
“Flooding is a natural disaster that claimed lives of so many people in different parts of the world, It is not something to be taken lightly” Nze added.
The NIHSA boss stated that the Agency has also received a red alert about the flooding of the River in Niamey, Niger Republic.
The River Niger Basin is said to cover nine(9) African Countries with Nigeria at the lowest portion of the basin and Countries at the Upper basin already experiencing flooding.
He explained that the red alert signifies that Nigeria is about to experience flooding.
Nze said both the Kainji and Jebba dams have started spilling water downstream, adding that the following Nigeria States are at high risk of being flooded.
They include; Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Nasaraw, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Lagos and FCT.
Mr. Nze therefore urged Nigerians living in flood prone areas to relocate.