The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced move to prevent the continued reoccurrence of flood in the country through early preparedness, mitigation and flood prevention mechanism.
The Director General of NEMA Engr. Mustapha Maihaja stated this in Abuja at an interactive session with stakeholders on mapping out plan of action ahead of the raining season.
Engr. Maihaja said there is need to address future flood in the country. The agency in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Environment made a joint presentation to the National Economic Council on the 19th of July last year.
“The council noted and considered the need to set in motion plans and procedures to prevent and mitigate future floods”.
He noted that the council agreed that a Federal coordinating unit be set up to identify locations for critical actions.
“Immediate do-able measures should be executed within a short period of time. While noting for identified project, the cost is to be shared thus; Federal Government -30%, State Government -30% and Presidential committee of Flood Relief and Rehabilitation – 40%, as well as supervising the project jointly.
According to him, the effect of flood is devastating .
“It leads to remarkable magnitude loss of property and lives. As about 20% of the population are at risk from one flooding incidence or another.”
Engr. Maihaja noted that some of the factors responsible for annual flooding includes; siltation of stream, human manipulation of existing drainage barrier, underdevelopment drainages, excessive rainfall, tree felling, urban planning problems and weakening dams.