FG summons 10 state commissioners for emergency meeting over flooding


The Federal Government has summoned the commissioners for environment in states likely to be affected by flood in 2015 to an emergency meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs Nana Mede, announced this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday.

Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, Benue and Kogi states are expected to be affected by flood following the release of excess water from Lagdo Dam by Cameroon.

River flooding is expected in Sokoto Rima, Niger, Benue and Anambra due to rains, while coast flooding from sea level rise and tidal surges is expected in Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos states.

Port Harcout, Sokoto, Birnin Kebbi, Ibadan and other towns along the coastline will witness flash flooding, according to the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

The permanent secretary said the meeting would discuss strategies to tackle the impending flood.

“The Federal Government is deeply concerned about the likely loss of lives and property as well as other negative environmental consequences.

“The ministry is appealing to states, local governments, NGOs, churches, mosques, traditional rulers and community-based organisations to sensitise people to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property,” Mede said.

According to her, state governments and local authorities should prepare to evacuate residents, designate and prepare public places for any eventuality.

It will be recalled that Nigeria experienced one of the most devastating floods in 2012 in which about 360 people died while properties worth billions of naira were lost.

It cost the Federal Government about N17 billion to tackle the disaster.

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