20% Nigerians may experience flooding – FG


About 20 per cent of Nigerians are “at risk from one form of flooding or another,” the National Economic Council (NEC) was told yesterday.
The NEC, led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, comprises the 36 state governors and the Abuja minister.
At yesterday’s meeting held in Abuja, the NEC was briefed by Minster of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, on the “need for collaborative partnership among stakeholders” to tackle the flooding challenge.
The presentation made by the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Environment, informed the Council on the imminent onset of this year’s flood season and the need for collaborative partnership among stakeholders.
The Minister said the occurrence and magnitude of flood continue to increase in Nigeria due to many factors, among which are excessive prolonged rainfalls, siltation of existing streams, human manipulation of drainage basins, undeveloped drainages, poor urban planning and dam collapse.
“It is estimated that about 20% of the population is at risk from one form of flooding or another, resulting in property damages and loss of lives annually – climate change projections indicate that there may be greater risk of flooding in the years ahead.
“Natural causes of flood are beyond human control, but human manipulation/ human induced situation can either be prevented or at least have their impact mitigated,” he said.

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