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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

MINISTER UNVEIL 2020 ANNUALLY FLOOD OUTLOOK, FLOOD MOBILE APP


By Ada Achanya

The Honorable Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu FNSC FAEng  recently made the statement in Abuja at the official Presentation/ Unveiling of the year 2020 Annual Flood Outlook(AFO) and new Flood Mobile APP. 

In his address, Engr Adamu disclosed that "Overall, the flood level may be as severe as previous years, but it is near certainty that our rivers will exceed the flood level and many areas would be inundated again this year".
The AFO for 2020 Prediction according to the Hon. Minister "shows that some parts of 102 LGAs in 28 states fall within the highly probably flood risk areas, while parts of 275 LGAs  in the 36 states of the federation including FCT which fall within the moderate probable flood risk areas.

The states that are contiguous to River Niger and Benue  namely: Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa states are likely to be affected by river flooding.
Coastal flooding is expected in Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Lagos, Ondo and Bayelsa state while Flash and Urban  floods are expected to occur in major cities across the country due to poor drainage system.

Speaking further the Minister informed that the Ministry has endeavored to ensure containment of Covid 19 and other water borne diseases by inaugurating a National WASH Response Committee for Covid 19.
Engr. Adamu reiterated that it is note worthy to promote  Self hygiene , Sanitation and reduce risk of infection, President Buhari in November 2019 signed the Executive Order 009 to end Open Defecation by 2025. He further said that many State Governors buy in has been secured in this issue of working towards ODF status for Nigeria by target date of 2025.

The Minister said that the Letters and AFO Publication (with Maps) have been dispatched to Governors while the exact LGAs to be affected in each state and the expected level of effect are detailed out accordingly. He therefore appealed to the state Governors to give the AFO information the  attention it requires and to act swiftly to contain any effect of flooding so that we do not have a chaotic situation at hand.

The Minister expressed his hope that the 8th edition  of Annual flood outlook ( AFO), a publication of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency ( NIHSA) a Parastatal  of Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the new Flood Mobile APP would be of a practical value to Water Managers, Technical Experts, Disaster Risk Managers,Policy Makers and Flood Forecasting Community for Flood Prevention and for enhancing early warning system in Nigeria.

Also, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources Mrs Ekaro Comfort C. in her address noted that this year's Annual Flood Outlook is yet another step towards reawakening the consciousness of Nigerians on the expected probabilities with regards to the extent and severity of flooding which may be caused by river outflows, dam breaks, anthropogenic activities or excessive rainfall considering the success rate.

Considering the success rate of the previous predictions, she urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to Regulation on Environment and Physical Planning and Development towards averting flood disasters.

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