5 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Director General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA Mr. Clement Nze has called on Stakeholders and government at all levels to ensure that necessary measures are put in place to check perennial flooding in the country.
Mr. Nze made the call while featuring on Perspective a Kapital FM current affairs programme in Abuja
Speaking on the Perennial flooding in the country and the way forward, the NIHSA Director General urged Nigerians to employ critical steps that would check flooding and the aftermath of damage.
Mr. Nze who decried the continuous flooding in the country advised that sensitization programmes should be intensified at the grassroots to save lives and property.
He advised Nigerians residing along waterways to relocate to safe areas before the peak of the rains.
The Director General warned that Nigerians have about three months to prepare against the disastrous effects of the flood.
He explained that the country’s geographical location is downstream among countries in the Basin, making it to be at the receiving end of flooding and pollutions from all the countries upstream.
The DG lamented that relevant authorities were frustrating efforts of the Federal Government by neglecting the predictions, which resulted in destruction.
Mr Nze, while urging the general public to take necessary measures to prevent the menace of flooding noted that there was still time for stakeholders to take steps to avert or minimise the effects of flood this year.
”According to the DG, the 2021 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) recently released by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), shows that the earliest onset date is 1st March, along the coastline of the country, while the latest onset date is 29th June in the northern part of the country.
It also indicates that the earliest cessation date for the rainfall would be around 9th October in Katsina and the northern part of Sokoto, while latest cessation date is expected on 25th December in the Niger Delta region.
Mr Nze also pointed out that flooding had become an annual event since 2012 when the country experienced her worst flooding in which many lives were lost, thousands of people rendered homeless and property worth trillions of naira destroyed.
The NIHSA DG, therefore reminded Nigerians that the raining season was fast approaching and the remaining days of the dry season the best time to prepare against flooding so as to avoid reoccurrence.