The Federal Government has asked states on the path of River Benue to brace up for likely flooding within the next seven days as result of the opening of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.
Dr Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, while speaking on Monday in Abuja as a member of the Presidential Committee set up by President Bola Tinubu, said the new committee would implement various policies and rescue missions aimed at mitigating the impacts of the flood from Lagdo Dam.
She asked the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to improve actions by seeing to the immediate evacuation of Nigerians from flood-prone communities to safer destinations.
She said, “This coordinating meeting is holding at the instance of President Bola Tinubu, who directed such after I raised the issue of flooding in today’s Federal Executive Council meeting. Mr President directed that all relevant ministries must meet to find a solution to the issue of flooding.
“As earlier stated, the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon was opened recently and we will see the effect in the coming days. Flood has been a major issue in Nigeria and has been causing loss of lives and property. We have been given a task by Mr President to ensure proper preparedness against the effect of the opening of the Lagdo Dam.
“One of the things government in different states must begin to do is to ensure that drainages are cleaned. Blockages must be removed. Also, proper enlightenment and sensitisation of residents must be carried out.
“Residents in affected areas must begin to relocate to safer planes. States must stand up to involuntary relocations. It is inconceivable to witness avoidable loss of lives and property.”
The humanitarian minister was joined by the Minister of Environment, Iziaq Salako, as well as the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, during the briefing, and promised to intensify efforts against the devastating impact of floods.
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