By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Director General of the National Emergencymanagement Agency (NEMA), AVM Muhammadu A. Muhammed(Rtd), has expressed concerns that following predictions of flooding this year, eight local government areas of Kaduna fall into high risk area, a development which is a threat to food security if it occurs.
He expressed this while addressing the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai while on a flood advocacy visit to the state on Thursday September 17, 2020.
“I bring to you the Goodwill of the President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the best wishes of the Honorable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq
“We are here on an advocacy visit on the 2020 flood. Your Excellency, Kaduna State is known to be one of the major food producers in the country with the citizens largelyengaged in farming activities.
“This year, the highly probable flood risk areas in Kaduna State are Soba, Kubau, Jema’s, Kachia, Igabi, Kaduna South, Kaduna North and Chikun local government areas,” he said
Represented by NEMA’s Deputy Director Research and Forecasting, Abdullahi Usur who was the team lead explained that the Annual Flood Outlook informed that 102 local government areas, in 28 States fall within the highly probable risk areas, while 275 Local Government Areas in the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory fall within
the moderately probable flood risk areas.
NEMA DG explained that however, the annual occurrences of flood have continued to threaten this potential.
“The remaining 397 Local Government Areas fall within the low probable flood risks areas,” he said.
Speaking further, he regretted that nfortunately, the predicted floods have started to occur in many parts of the country.
“May I draw the attention of Your Excellency to the 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction andthe Annual Flood Outlook.
“These documents have forecasted flood situation for differentparts of the country,” he stressed.
He pointed out that flood has become a recurring experience in Nigeria.
“After the 2012 devastating flood, a similar one occurred in 2018 leading to a declaration of disasteremergency in many states.
“Though climate change has been largely blamed for this increasing phenomenon, it is our responsibility as government and people to evolve strategies to minimize losses through adherence to warning alerts, early preparation and proper response.
“Therefore, it is imperative to activate all plans and measures against the prediction as the season moves towards the peak,” he said.