The Minister of Water Resources, Suliaman Adamu, has said that there is no cause for alarm on the issue of flooding, adding that when the issue of rainfall leading to flooding cannot be stopped, the government will take preventive measures.
Adamu stated this during the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, adding that though the government cannot stop the flooding but it can provide early warning and ensure that people take safety measures to reduce loss of property and loss of life.
He said: “I briefed council on the incident of flood. Niamey the capital of Niger Republic has put the country on alert because the levels of the river in Niamey have increased considerably and the country is at alert at the moment.
“That is an indication that there will be more flood into the river Niger downstream towards Kanji, Jabba and of course by the time you come down on confluence at Lokoja the situation will be compounding because you are already aware of the flood situation in Benue.
“The good thing is that we have an observatory in Niamey and another one in Lokoja to give us that real time, per second updates on the water level.
“So we are monitoring the situation and I briefed council on our efforts to monitor the situation which we are doing.
Our consultation with NEMA, which is working closely with Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency which is an agency under the Ministry of Water Resources and if there is any indication that there is going to be a significant rise or is going to get to an emergency situation,
we will be able to give an early warning to NEMA which is poised to inform affected states along River Niger particularly Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Beulah and Rivers.
“For now there is no cause for alarm but like I said we are monitoring the situation and it could very well become more drastic with more rains.
I believe the most important thing is that we cannot stop the flooding but we can provide early warning and we ensure that we take safety measures to reduce loss of property and loss of life.”
Mathew Dadiya, Abuja