Individuals within the riverine areas should not erect residential buildings on the flood plains
The Federal Authorities by way of the Ministry of Water Assets has sympathized with all Nigerians affected by the current flood in Lagos and Niger state, blaming the flooding on account of the delay in rainfall which induced the lengthy length of the torrential downpour.
The Minister of Water Assets, Suleiman Adamu, delivered the federal government’s sympathy at a information convention on Wednesday in Abuja.
Whereas revealing the reason for the heavy downpour, the minister additionally advised journalists that about 30 states and over 100 native authorities areas, which had been categorized as excessive flood threat areas, might count on heavy flooding this 12 months.
He mentioned: “Abstract of the alert is that roughly thirty (30) states and over 100 (100) LGAs are categorised as excessive flood threat areas and subsequently might count on flooding.
“The rains didn’t begin early this 12 months, thereby presumably inflicting lengthy length torrential downpour and inflicting surprising city/flash floods in areas with the non-existing or insufficient drainage system within the nation.
“The circulation of floor water is being monitored by NIHSA whereas alerts will proceed to be issued. Additionally, sensitisation of all the nation by visiting the grassroots will quickly be embarked upon.
“City/flash floods (i.e overflow because of sustained rainfall) within the city cities or semi-urban areas may be lowered with efficient and ample drainage methods. Individuals should not use this facility as refuse bins which is able to block and render the ability ineffective with the likelihood of flooding heightened when it rains.
“Individuals within the riverine areas should not erect residential buildings on the flood plains as these areas are an extension of the river house. Sadly, individuals have refused to yield to recommendation.”
“It’s subsequently advised that state and native governments ought to do extra to implement environmental legal guidelines/city planning pointers, in order to examine such uncontrolled bodily improvement actions,” he added
The minister’s assertion comes on the day Appearing President Yemi Osinbajo authorised the instant launch of N1.6 billion to 16 states already affected by the flood.