ABUJA- Vice-President Kashim Shettima has restated the commitment of President Bola Tinubu’s administration to improve the socio-economic conditions of Nigerians living in the most vulnerable communities.
Shettima stated this on Tuesday when the Presidential Committee on Flood Mitigation, Adaptation, Preparedness and Response submitted a comprehensive report to him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee’s report outlined a roadmap for improving the country’s flood response and preparedness.
The report is based on the findings of three previous and ongoing assignments, including the National Economic Council Ad-hoc Committee Report on Flood (ongoing) and the National Flood Emergency, Preparedness and Response Plan (2022).
Others are the report of the Presidential Committee on Development of Comprehensive Plan of Action for Preventing Flood Disasters in Nigeria (2022).
Shettima, who gave a definite position to speculations about the reality or otherwise of the impact of climate change said, “Climate change is real and the existential threat it poses is glaring at us every day.
” From the extreme events being witnessed across the globe to the devastating climate facing Africa. Africa is disproportionately impacted and bringing it home to Nigeria, we have been witnessing drought, flood.
” The saying on the climate crisis is that it is either too much (floods), too little (drought) or too polluted. We are all gathered to find a solution for the too much scenario that is flooding.
” Flood events have, in the past, affected communities with devastating impacts on livelihoods, people and the environment with loss of lives witnessed in some cases such as the last flood witnessed in 2022.”
He described the report as a testament to Tinubu’s commitment to the Renewed Hope Agenda.
Shettima said that in drafting the report, the committee was guided by science and forecasts from agencies such as the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).
The vice-president explained that the report identified vulnerable communities prone to flooding and presents a roadmap with recommendations to address the issue.
Shettima commended the committee for its hard work and dedication.
” I will like to start by thanking this committee for the hard work, commitment and dedication put in to develop the report.
” I particularly thank everyone for the time put in to deliver this assignment within the seven days that I directed when we first met at this very chamber, which meant you all had to work through the weekend.
” The mandate was clear and it was delivered,” Shettima said.
He directed the committee to present the report to the National Economic Council (NEC) for further deliberations and possible ascension by the council.
Earlier in his presentation, Prof. Emmanuel Adanu, a member of the presidential committee and Chairman of the Technical Working Group, identified the major causes of flooding in Nigeria and the strategies for mitigating its impact.
Adamu, who is the Director-General, National Water Resources Institute, said the ultimate objective of the committee was to protect the nation from the devastating impacts of floods, safeguard human lives and property.
He also said that committee was expected to promote the sustainable conservation and enhancement of water-related ecosystems.
According to him, beyond the efforts of stakeholders in the public and private sectors, individuals and communities are required to pay attention to issues relating to drainage maintenance and healthy environmental practices.
Adamu said, ” We had lots of problems with flooding in Nigeria and we have lots of misconception too with the flooding outlook and certain incidences that had happened in Nigeria were blamed on certain things.
” One particularly is that most of the flooding we had in Nigeria used to come from Cameron which is totally false and we tried to explain it very well that it is not so.
” Because the water that come from outside Nigeria into Nigeria is just about 25 or less percent of the total rain or every water in Nigeria.
“So,most of the flooding that we see originate from within Nigeria due to high rainfall and the mobility of the water around drainage patterns, so we try to look at that.” (NAN)