On Monday, the Federal Government said all the frontline states on the path of the River Benue may experience floods within the next seven days as a result of the opening of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.
Speaking at a briefing in Abuja held at the instance of the Presidential Committee set up by President Bola Tinubu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, said the new committee would implement various policies and rescue missions aimed at mitigating the impacts of the flood from Lagdo Dam
She urged the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to step up its actions by ensuring the immediate evacuation of Nigerians from flood-prone communities to safer destinations.
She said, “This coordinating meeting is being held at the instance of President Bola Tinubu, who directed it after I raised the issue of flooding in today’s Federal Executive Council meeting. Mr. President directed that all relevant ministries 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. Flooding has been a major issue in Nigeria and has caused the loss of lives and property. We have been given a task by Mr. President to ensure proper preparedness against the effects of the opening of the Lagdo Dam.
“One of the things the government in different states must begin to do is ensure that drainages are cleaned. Blockages must be removed. Also, proper enlightenment and sensitization of residents must be carried out.
“Residents in affected areas must begin to relocate to safer areas. States must stand up to involuntary relocations. It is inconceivable to witness the avoidable loss of lives and property.”
The Minister of Environment, Iziaq Salako, as well as the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, joined the humanitarian minister during the briefing and promised to intensify efforts against the devastating impact of floods.