Shettima receives report of presidential committee on flood response 

 

Vice President Kashim Shettima Tuesday received the comprehensive report of the Presidential Committee on Flood Mitigation, Adaptation, Preparedness and Response.

The report was submitted to the vice president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja by the chairman of the Technical Working Group and Director General of the National Water Resources Institute Group, Professor Emmanuel Adanu.

Speaking at the event, the vice president restated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to the Renewed Hope Agenda and his administration’s focus on improving the socio-economic condition of Nigerians living in the most vulnerable communities in the country.

“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, etc. 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 said.

He said 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 report, according to the vice president, identifies vulnerable communities prone to flooding and presents a roadmap with recommendations to address the issue.

Commending the committee for its hard work and dedication, the vice president said: “I would 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 7 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.”