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Government develops flood map to curtail flooding

31 May 2013, 10:03

Abuja - The Federal Government has developed a flood map that will enhance efforts at curtailing the impact of flooding in the country, the Surveyor General of the Federation, Prof. Peter Nwilo, has said.

Nwilo made this known on Thursday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on "the development strides recorded by the surveyor general’s office in the past five years’’.

He said the map would also help to identify communities likely to witness flooding.

Nwilo said that following the flooding experienced in 2012, efforts were being made by governments at all levels to check a recurrence this year.

He recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had announced that eight states were likely to witness flooding this year.

Nwilo said that through effective land mapping, communities prone to flooding would be detected so that government could issue early warning so that action can be taken to mitigate the impact of the flood.

"We are working in advance to prepare flood maps and maps that will address flood areas so that government can use that to take informed decisions.

"We are working with NIMET to be able to highlight areas that are likely to be flooded. We have about nine sheets that we are working on.’’

The professor urged states and local governments to partner with the surveyor general’s office in order to achieve harmonised data on land survey in the country.

He also urged Nigerians to obey land and boundary rules in order to curb land disputes and community clashes, adding that a Continuous Operating Reference (COR) station had been established by his office to help to develop a harmonised survey data of regions.

"One of the problems we have is that some of the survey plans we have are not harmonised because what used to happen in the past is that you start survey from anywhere.

"But right now, the surveyor general’s office is talking to everybody and every state government is being called upon to key into the use of the COR stations because it will help us to have a common datum.’’


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