President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Water Resources Engineer Suleiman Hussein Adamu to lead and coordinate with the Ministries of Environment and Transportation as well as State Governments to develop a Comprehensive Plan of Action for Preventing Flood Disaster in Nigeria.
This was revealed in a statement by Garba Shehu the official Spokesperson to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The President’s directive, which was conveyed to the Minister in a letter signed by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, said the Plan should be presented to him in 90 days.
Suleiman Adamu stated earlier in his statement while defending the 2023 budget of his ministry before the Senate Committee on Water Resources.
According to Adamu, most of the water that caused flooding was not from the Lagbo Dam. He explained that the contribution from the dam to Nigeria was only one per cent. He also said the federal government was not informed by the Cameroonian Government on the annual release of water from Lagbo Dam.
He said, “The dam releases water; sometimes it releases water without notice and when they do that, it impacts on communities downstream. It is not the main reason you have flood in this country. The tributaries of River Benue are the main cause. And this year, the rains have been unprecedented. The transboundary waters that even come into this country from Rivers Niger and Benue constitute only 20 per cent of the fresh water that flows into the country.
After losing over 600 lives with over a million citizens displaced, the govt has given ministers 90 days to produce a PLAN even when data is saying states like Anambra,Delta,C/R, Bayelsa – Rivers should be wary of the scourge until the end of November.
President Buhari is regularly receiving updates on the flooding situation in the country and restates his commitment towards addressing the challenges caused by the disaster in the country.