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Presidential committee submits comprehensive report on flood response harmonization



Presidential committee submits comprehensive report on flood response harmonization

In a significant step towards addressing the pressing issue of floods in Nigeria, Vice President Kashim Shettima, on behalf of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, affirmed the administration’s dedication to the Renewed Hope Agenda. The commitment to improving the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable communities took center stage as the Presidential Committee on Flood Mitigation, Adaptation, Preparedness, and Response presented its detailed report at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.


The comprehensive report, a culmination of findings from three distinct assignments, outlines a roadmap aimed at enhancing the nation’s flood response and preparedness. These assignments include the National Economic Council Ad hoc Committee Report on Flood (ongoing), the National Flood Emergency, Preparedness and Response Plan (2022), and the Report of the Presidential Committee on Development of Comprehensive Plan of Action for Preventing Flood Disasters in Nigeria (2022).


Vice President Shettima, acknowledging the reality of climate change and its profound impact on Nigeria, emphasized the need for a solution to the “too much” scenario of flooding. He underscored the devastating consequences of past flood events on communities, livelihoods, and the environment, with a particular mention of the 2022 flood.


Describing the report as a testament to President Tinubu’s commitment to the Renewed Hope Agenda, VP Shettima highlighted the administration’s focus on the socio-economic upliftment of Nigeria’s most vulnerable communities. The report, guided by scientific input 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), identifies vulnerable communities prone to flooding and presents recommendations to address the issue.


Commending the committee for its diligence and dedication, Sen. Shettima expressed gratitude for delivering the assignment within the stipulated seven days. He directed the committee to present the report to the National Economic Council (NEC) for further deliberations and potential approval.


During the presentation, Prof. Emmanuel Adanu, the Director General of the National Water Resources Institute and a committee member, shed light on the major causes of flooding in Nigeria and outlined strategies for mitigating its impact. The ultimate objective, he stated, is to protect the nation from the devastating impacts of floods while promoting the sustainable conservation and enhancement of water-related ecosystems.


In conclusion, Vice President Shettima emphasized the collective responsibility of both public and private sectors, as well as individuals and communities, in addressing issues related to drainage maintenance and adopting environmentally sound practices.

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