FLOOD: STATES IGNORED REPEATED WARNINGS-NIHSA DG
As states across Nigeria begin to experience flood disasters due to the heavy rains, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has blamed state governors, saying they ignored repeated warnings.
In a TV show on Channels television, the Director-General of NIHSA Clement Nze knocked state governors for neither taking proactive nor preventive steps to avert flood disasters despite early and repeated warnings.
This year’s floods have adversely affected some states in Nigeria, leading to loss of lives, loss of farm produce and displacements.
The affected areas include Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Bauchi.
“We cannot go to the states to pull down structures which the state governments had given permits to be built at wrong locations,” Nze said.
“My agency sent out an alarm in April that this is the right season, that the best time to prepare for war is during the time of peace.
“Now that there is no rain yet, not much, or if there had been any rain at all as at February 4, no flooding incident had been recorded in Nigeria. That was the time states could have done some remedial measures. But what did the state governments do?”