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The Minister of Water Resources, Ing. Suleiman Adamu, has warned Nigerians to be prepared as 233 local government areas in 32 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will experience heavy flooding this year.
The Minister issued the warning during the official unveiling of the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) 2022, titled “Flood Management and Food Security”, held yesterday in Abuja.
Adamu added that flash and urban flooding would be felt in city centers across the country.
He said: “The AFO 2022 breakdown shows that 233 local government areas in 32 states of the Federation and FCT fall under high likelihood risk areas, while 212 local government areas in 35 states, including FCT, are in moderate flood risk areas.
“States at high risk of flooding are: Adamawa, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi and Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and the FCT.
The minister further added, according to the AFO, that between the months of April, May and June, moderate flood impact is expected in parts of 45 local government areas, while 140 LGAs will experience flooding in July, August and September.
The prediction says that during the months of October, November and December, 54 local government areas across the country are also at risk of flooding.
“The AFO summary of the year predicts coastal flooding for Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Ondo.
“Flash and urban flooding is expected in urban centers across the country. Some parts of these cities are Lagos, Kaduna, Suleja, Gombe, Yola, Makurdi, Asaba, Abuja, Yola, Port Harcourt, Yenagoa are expected to experience flash and urban flooding in 2022.
“Ibadan, Abeokuta, Benin City, Birnin-Kebbi, Sokoto, Lokoja, Maiduguri, Kano, Oshogbo, Ado Ekiti, Abakaliki, Akwa, Nsukka, Calabar and Owerri.
The minister therefore called on all stakeholders, policy makers and agencies to come up with an appropriate mechanism on how to limit the impending floods.
In his welcome address, the Director General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Engr. Clément Nze, insisted on the need for farmers, policy makers to use the information provided for preventive measures.
Nze added that the AFO must prepare the nation to avoid the negative impact of floods.
“What we do is dive into nature to predict what would happen.”
In his goodwill message, Federal Capital Territory Minister Mohammed Musa Bello accuses the developers of violating existing guidelines to prevent flooding and allow easy passage of water.
Represented by Shehu Ahmed, the minister said the dumping of waste in manholes and drainages was aggravating flooding in urban areas.

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