The Minister of Water Resources, Engr, Suleiman Adamu, quoting World Bank Report states that the economic damage of the 2022 flood is placed at $6.68 billion dollars, saying it remains the worst recorded flooding incident in the country in terms of impact.
Adamu therefore called for accurate flood forecasting in protecting the lives and properties of our citizens as according to him, flood can have devastating consequences and that there is need for necessary measures to be taken, to mitigate the impact of these natural disasters.
The Minister stated this in Abuja recently at the 8th edition of the presentation of the 2023 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) by The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) saying the negative impact of flood will be on the decline with the promotion of better understanding of flood risks and ensuring that mitigating measures are deployed appropriately.
Adamu said that the theme of this year’s event, “Flood Prediction and It’s impact on Socio-Economic Livelihood”, aligns with the Goal one of the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) which is targeted at building the resilience of the poor, those in vulnerable situations, and reducing their exposure as well as their vulnerability to climate related extreme disasters, which has adverse effect, economically, socially and environmentally.
He noted that Nigeria, just like the rest of the world, have suffered from the devastating effects of flood from varying degrees of severity.
Adamu recalled that the inauguration of the Presidential Committee for the Development of Action Plan on 3rd November 2022 was Mr. President’s directive and a concerted effort to curtail the recurrence of devastating flood disaster in Nigeria.