FG committed to nationwide flood control – Committee

FG committed to nationwide flood control – Committee

By Ibrahim Kado, Yola.


The Presidential Committee on Flood Prevention Action Plan has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to nationwide flood control.


The committee said that in view of the commitment, the Federal Government was making pragmatic efforts to ensure that unnecessary incidents of flooding were permanently addressed across the country.


Malam Ali Ibrahim-Dalla, the leader of the presidential committee, made the declaration this during an inspection visit to some flood-prone communities in Yola on Wednesday. 


Ibrahim-Dalla said that the committee had visited the 1.8 billion cubic-metre capacity Kiri Water Dam in Shelleng Local Government Area (LGA) and the Dasin Hausa Dam in Fufore LGA.


He explained that the dams, which usually contributed to flooding of the communities, would be recommended for the erection of dykes and additional embankments.


Ibrahim-Dalla also said that the water coming from the Lagdo Dam in the Republic of Cameroon would be dammed and provided with spill passages to prevent unnecessary flooding.


“The committee has a time-frame of 90 days, within which to complete its assignment and submit a report on its findings and recommendations,” he said.


According to him, the mandate of the committee is to visit the flood-prone areas, identify potential causes of flooding and recommend to the Federal Government some of the remedial measures to prevent flooding.


Earlier, Mr Abubakar Muazu, Managing Director, Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, attributed the cause of flooding to indiscriminate human activities.


He said that deliberate acts of cutting trees, erection of structures on waterways, climate change, vegetative cover, undredged dams and environmental abuse were some of the factors causing flood.


Muazu said that enforcement of environmental laws and construction of additional dams would help address some of the flooding challenges.


He stressed that about four additional dams ought to be built in Taraba State.


“No fewer than 17 million hectares of land were submerged by flood nationwide in 2022, which is about 57 percent of what happened in 2012, in which 30 million hectares were affected,” he said.


Also speaking, Dr Aminu Suleiman, Executive Secretary, Adamawa Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said that more than 180,000 persons were affected by flood across the 21 LGAs in the state in 2022.


He stressed that 70 percent of the crops and farmlands were destroyed, 58 lives were lost and 71 persons injured, with  Madagali LGA accounting for 15 deaths alone.


“The state government has spent N350 million on resettlement and provision of relief to the victims,” he said.


Suleiman commended the Federal Government for inaugurating the committee, saying that it would make significant impact in mitigating the menace of flood nationwide.


The committee had visited traditional rulers of the affected communities to brief them about their mission in the neighbourhoods.

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