The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has alerted the three tiers of government and Nigerians on impending devastating Floods in the country for the year 2021, advising that the country should prepare against it.
The warning was given a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday by the Director-General, NIHSA, Clement Nze, adding that Nigeria was at the receiving end of disastrous floods among the nine countries of the River Niger Basin.
He said: “There is still time for states/LGAs (Local Government Areas) and individuals to take necessary steps to avert or minimise the disastrous effects of flood in the year 2021. As the country gradually steps into the 2021/2022 Hydrological Year in the River Niger Basin which covers nine countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Mall, Niger and Nigeria, it means that Nigeria is gradually inching towards the peak rainy season with its attendant flood incidents.
“Nigeria’s geographical location downstream of all the countries in this Basin places it at the receiving end of disastrous floods and pollution from all the countries upstream.
“It is in the light of the above that NIHSA wishes to urge the states and the general public to take necessary measures to prevent the ugly flooding menace of the past years.”