As a result of the opening of the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon, all of the frontline states along the path of the River Benue may experience inundation within the next week, the Federal Government announced on Monday.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, stated at a briefing held in Abuja at the request of the Presidential Committee established by President Bola Tinubu that the new committee would implement various policies and rescue missions aimed at mitigating the effects of the Lagdo Dam flood.
She urged the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to increase their efforts by guaranteeing the immediate evacuation of Nigerians from flood-prone areas to safer locations.
She stated, "This meeting is being conducted at the request of President Bola Tinubu, who requested it after I brought up the issue of flooding at today’s Federal Executive Council meeting. Mr. President has ordered all relevant ministries to convene in order to find a solution to the issue of inundation.
As stated previously, the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon was recently opened, and we will observe the results in the future days. Flood has been a significant problem in Nigeria, resulting in loss of life and property. Mr. President has charged us with ensuring adequate preparedness for the effects of the inauguration of the Lagdo Dam.
"One of the things that state governments must begin doing is to guarantee that drainages are cleaned. Obstacles must be eliminated. In addition, appropriate education and sensitization of the populace are required.
“Residents in affected areas must relocate to safer aircraft.” States must stand against forced relocations. It is inconceivable to witness loss of life and property that could have been prevented."
During the briefing, the Minister of Environment, Iziaq Salako, and the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, joined the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and pledged to intensify efforts to combat the devastation caused by floods.