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Jonathan urges ministries to implement flooding measures

02 July 2013, 12:31

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday warned relevant Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that flood control measures were implemented to forestall a recurrence in the country.

The president issued the warning while addressing ministers and officials at a meeting which he called at the Presidential Villa to review ongoing flood containment measures.

Specifically, Jonathan warned that he would not tolerate any excuses for a repeat of the flooding disasters which displaced various communities across the country in 2012.

He directed agencies whose functions were relevant to flood prevention and control to ensure that every necessary action was taken to prevent a recurrence of the floods.

"We have no excuse to be caught unprepared again after the floods of last year.

"I expect all relevant MDAs to be very proactive in speedily implementing required flood prevention and management measures," he said.

Jonathan also directed the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Flood Prevention and Control to establish effective liaison with governors of flood-prone states.

He ordered the committee to ensure proper coordination between federal agencies and the states in the implementation of flood control measures.

Members of the committee include the ministers of environment, national planning, water resources, finance, health, transport and aviation.

He stressed the need for greater public enlightenment and advocacy to ensure compliance with measures that had been evolved to prevent a recurrence of the devastating floods across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the technical team established by the Inter-Ministerial Committee presented a National Climate and Flood Control Framework to the President.

The framework detailed short term, mid-term and long term measures recommended to solve the problem of perennial flooding in parts of the country.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) also informed the president that it was constantly monitoring soil moisture saturation across the country since the onset of the rainy season.

The agency added that its real time monitoring of weather conditions would enable the agency to give early warning of floods.



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