The Director General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Mr Clement Nze, has urged Nigerians to change their attitude to mitigate the effects of flooding in the country.
Nze, who spoke during a sensitisation programme in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on Monday, identified non-enforcement of relevant environmental and sanitation laws at state level as a major cause of flooding in the country.
The DG, who was represented by Mallam Umar Magashi, lamented the widespread practice by some Nigerians of dumping refuse in the rain, saying that adequate enforcement would have addressed the menace.
He said, “We have a lot of environmental laws in Nigeria enacted by the states but these laws are not being enforced; we lack enforcement culture and character.
“I think we should take the bull by the horn, we should start implementing our laws now.
“Indiscriminate dumping of refuse is what we see because government agencies have failed to implement sanitation laws.’’
Furthermore, Nze advised residents of flood-prone areas to consider vacating their abode to forestall flood-induced disasters.
According to him, “Flooding has always occurred year-in, year-out and lives and property are lost, but our people have never tried to leave these areas because we have tied a lot of cultural beliefs to them.
“But then even those people that are staying around the coastal areas can leave the coast when the floods are occurring, move to higher level and come back after the flood.
“Government usually try to rehabilitate victims of flood disaster all along, it is not the best of what should be done. I think we should do more to save people’s lives.”