“It’ll take 30 years to control flooding in Nigeria” – FG

God responsible for floods across Nigeria, not Cameroon: Water Resources minister Sulaiman Adamu

The Federal Government on Wednesday, said it would take about 30 years of consistent investment to be able to control the current flood menace in different parts of the country.

Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Minister, who said he made a presentation to the Council jointly with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, also noted that this sort of disaster cannot be prevented but the government can only minimise its impact.

He said despite the early warning system in place, a lot of capital-intensive initiatives still need to be done in the future to avert the consequences of flood disasters, noting it is not something that can be achieved under one administration.

He said the present administration was already working on a flood management masterplan that will take at least three years to complete.

While noting that flood victims ignored warnings to evacuate, Suleiman also blamed tree felling and degraded soil for the massive impact of this year’s floods in the country.

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