President Muhammadu Buhari has asked states likely to be hit by floods to heed the warnings issued by government agencies ahead of the flooding in order to avoid loss of lives and valuables.
Only on Wednesday, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency alerted 15 states including the FCT to the possibility of being flooded this year due to heavy rains.
The states are Niger, Lagos, Edo, Imo, Adamawa, Abia, Jigawa, Rivers, Cross River, Oyo, Enugu, Kebbi, Bauchi and Nasarawa.
Buhari made the call on Friday as he sympathised with the victims of the recent flash floods, rainstorms and other disasters recorded in various parts of the country.
His reaction came after he was briefed by the National Emergency Management Agency on “the magnitude of havoc wreaked” on the affected communities and families.
The Presidency said in a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, “President Buhari has expressed heartfelt sympathy with the families of the victims who lost their lives, as well as those whose property perished.
“In order to ameliorate the negative effects of these natural and in some cases, avoidable disasters, the President has directed NEMA to immediately provide relief assistance to the affected persons and communities in all zones.
“Going forward, President Buhari, however, appealed to Nigerians to without further hesitation, heed early warning instructions by relevant government agencies intended to avert the negative consequences of such natural occurrences in the country.”
The NIHSA’s Director-General, Clement Nze, had told reporters that the entire country could be flooded in the long run.