An environmental expert, Mr. Joseph Effiong, has advised the Federal Government to ensure proper flood forecasting warning systems to curb the trend of constant flooding across the country.
Effiong, who was speaking in Abuja on Monday, also advised the government to enforce building codes as this would go a long way in checking flooding occurring in parts of the country.
“Frequent floods have led to loss of lives and destruction of property in both coastal and landlocked cities across the nation, particularly where floodplains have been developed without recourse to space standards.
“Building code has contributed significantly to mitigate flooding.
“It is not only to provide building codes or building planning but it is important to obey the codes.
“Nigerians are used to living without obeying the laws and regulations of the country.
“We will set law and we will still disobey the order, it is not good, we should learn how to discipline ourselves by obeying the laws of the country,” Effiong said.
He called on Nigerians to desist from building along waterways and clogging drainage by dumping refuse indiscriminately.
“I am urging Nigerians to avoid actions that could impede the free and easy passage of water through its natural courses to avert devastating flood disasters,’’ he said.
Effiong warned the FG of the flood alerts being sent out by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) regarding impending floods.
The environment expert urged the government to circulate the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) report to all parts of the country.
“I suggest that the agency should be releasing flood forecast and flood early warning report early every year and if possible making it a daily or monthly report.
“The media and the agency should be working together to ensure that the report is released adequately to the public, just like the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMeT) releases weather forecast daily.
“I think the idea will go a long way to keep the public informed and help them do the necessary action to ensure that flooding is tackled at the appropriate time,’’ he said.
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