An NGO, The Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF), has underlined the need for government at all levels to embark on a decisive and sustainable response mechanism for flood management across the country.
Dr. Arome Salifu, Executive Director of the Foundation, made the call at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.
Salifu said that flooding in many parts of the country in recent times has resulted in several deaths, with millions displaced, livelihoods destroyed, infrastructure and farms swept away.
He said it contributed to a complete stagnation in people’s daily life routines, including education, work and other socio-economic commitments.
Salifu urged that to mitigate the impact of flooding in the country, rivers need to be dredged a few feet lower to prevent the water from overflowing at the slightest opportunity.
“Furthermore, people in waterfront areas should be educated about the dangers of building in flood-prone areas. They must also be evacuated to places above sea level,” she said.
Salifu also urged the government to implement a proper early warning and response system through better weather monitoring.
He added: “It should build the institutional capacity to evacuate people and respond to such major emergencies on time.
“The government should also properly monitor the Lagdo dam in Cameroon, as it was one of the main causes of the bank overflow.
“It should also plan to locate and build a similar dam in Nigeria to regulate and manage flooding.
“It must take advantage of the agricultural, industrial and technological opportunities and advantages that could arise with such a historic hydroelectric infrastructure.”
According to him, the negative impact of climate change on society and general well-being cannot be overemphasized.
Salifu said: “It had become the main threat to our present and future civilization and survival.
“It is disheartening that communities in 33 of the 36 states and FCTs have been systematically cut off from one another due to the unfortunate flooding that took place between September and October.”
The AYGF attributed the flooding to heavy rains and mainly to the overflow of the riverbanks due to the opening of the Lagdo dam in Cameroon.
He called on governments at all levels and other relevant stakeholders to come together to provide emergency humanitarian aid support services to flood victims in different IDPscamps in affected states.
While he sympathized with the victims of the floods, especially the mourners, he said the Foundation would continue to provide humanitarian support to the country’s poor and vulnerable.
The Africa Youth Growth Foundation is an NGO created with the sole purpose of contributing to a positive change in the economic and social status of African youth through effective programs that provide sustainable results.
=================.Edited /Bashir Rabe Mani
Source Credit: NAN