More floods coming in 30 states, says Fed Govt


    More flooding have been predicted by the Federal Government.

    According to officials, last week’s flooding is as a result of the delay in rainfall which caused a long duration of torrential downpour in major cities.

    The government also predicted that the monsoon wind would bring rain from the West Africa coast around between June 22 and September/ October. This is expected to the land along with sea rise that could lead to increase in the amount of water in low lying coastal areas of Lagos and other states.

    Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, who gave an update yesterday, said flood would spread to 30 states and over 100 Local Government Areas.

    According to the minister, a sensitization of the entire nation by visiting the grassroots would be embarked upon.

    He said: “Summary of the alert is that approximately thirty (30) states and over one hundred (100) LGAs are categorised as high flood risk areas and therefore could expect flooding.

    “The rains did not start early this year, thereby possibly causing long duration torrential downpour and causing unexpected urban/flash floods in areas with non-existing or inadequate drainage system in the country.

    “The flowof surface water are being monitored by NIHSA while alerts will continue to be issued. Also, sensitisation of the entire nation by visiting the grassroots will soon be embarked upon.

    “Urban/flash floods (i.e overflow due to sustained rainfall) in the urban cities or semi urban areas can be reduced with effective and adequate drainage systems. People must not use this facility as refuse bins which will block and render the facility useless with the probability of flooding heightened when it rains.

    “People in the riverine areas must not erect residential structures on the flood plains as these areas are an extension of the river space. Unfortunately, people have refused to yield to advice.”

    “It is therefore suggested that state and local governments should do more to enforce environmental laws/town planning guidelines, so as to check such uncontrolled physical development activities,” he added

    Yesterday, the Federal Government approved N1.6 billion to compensate victims of floods that ravaged 16 states.

    The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, told reporters at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting.

    According to him, the fund would be taken from Ecological funds domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

    He said Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun had been directed to release the N1.6 billion to NEMA for the states.

    He said: “The Acting President has approved the sum of N1.6 billion as immediate intervention for the victims of flood in 16 states that have been ravaged by flood.

    “The states are Ekiti, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Lagos, Plateau, Sokoto, Edo and Bayelsa.

    “So, 16 states ravaged by flood and the sum of N1.6billion has been approved for immediate release as relief for people in those states and communities involved.

    “The money is going to be taken from the Federal Government Ecological Fund Account at the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Minister of Finance is to release the fund direct to NEMA, which is, National Emergency Management Agency,’’ he said