Jos - The Minister of Environment, Hajia Hadiza Mailafia, said on Tuesday in Jos that the Federal Government had commenced assessment of areas hit by the flood that swept through many states of the federation.
The minister disclosed this when she led a team, constituted to carry out the assessment, on a courtesy call on Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau.
According to the minister, the team is expected to tour all states affected by the disaster and, recommend ways to assist the victims and to avoid a recurrence.
She said the team was in the state to see the level of devastation caused there and to make recommendations to the government.
``Over the last few months there had been series of flooding across the country, including Plateau. We hope to recommend and implement stringent measures to end the trend.
``We cannot fight nature but we should be able to adjust our life styles. Some people deliberately live and build houses on waterways and when something happens, they start calling on government to assist. We definitely cannot continue that way.''
Mailafia gave the assurance that after the assessment, the team would recommend measures that would solve the flooding problem once and for all.
She, however, called on Nigerians to learn to respect the environment to avoid the devastation caused by natural disasters.
Jang, in his remarks, said that Plateau had experienced the worst case of flooding in its history, noting that the southern part of the state was almost cut off from other parts because of collapsed bridges.
The governor lamented that some bridges that were constructed recently by his administration were equally affected by flood, stating that government would have to extend the length of some of the bridges to avert future occurrence.
He thanked the team for the visit and called on the Federal Government to assist t the disaster victims.
``For those who have died, there is nothing we can do, but we need to help the surviving victims,'' he said.
Other members of the team include the Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe; her Works counterpart, Mike Onolememen, as well as NEMA director general Sani Sidi
The team inspected parts of Jos North which was destroyed in July and later went to flood sites in Shendam, Lantang North, Langtang South, Wase, Mikang, Kanke local government areas.