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4,885 Ogun houses submerged by flood, as FG absolves Cameroon

4,885 Ogun houses submerged by flood, as FG absolves Cameroon

The Nigerian government has said no fewer than 4,885 households were affected by the recent flooding in Ogun State.

This was revealed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NAMA).

The government, through the minister of water resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, also said that the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon was not responsible for the flooding that has devastated parts of Nigeria.

Adamu made this known during the 2023 budget defence of the ministry before the Senate in Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister attributed the flood to water flowing from tributaries of the River Benue like the River Katsina-Ala and others into the River Benue due to downpour.

Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central) raised the issue of floods in the country during the ministry’s budget defence and what efforts the ministry was making about it set the stage for the disagreement.

Aliero said, “There has been an insinuation that every year the Cameroonians inform us when they are releasing the water. Is that not true?”

Responding, Adamu said, “Yes, the dam releases water; sometimes it releases water without notice, and when they do that, it has an impact on communities downstream. It is not the main reason you have floods in this country. The tributaries of the river Benue are the main cause. And this year, the rains have been unprecedented.

“The transboundary waters that even come into this country from the rivers Niger and Benue constitute only 20 per cent of the freshwater that flows into the country.”

The Ogun flood

The director–general of NAMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, on Wednesday, said that no fewer than 4,885 households were affected by the recent flooding in Ogun.

This was disclosed in Abeokuta during the presentation of relief materials by the agency to the state government for distribution to flood victims.

Represented by NEMA’s director of special duties, Dr Bandele Onimode, Ahmed, the agency said the assessment conducted recently revealed the statistics.

“The result of the assessment indicated that 4,885 households were affected by the flood,” he said.

 

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