Suleja Flood: Senate Asks States To Take Weather Forecast Seriously
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday demanded that the federal, state and local governments should take weather forecast seriously and put strategies in place to guard against flooding.
This is coming few days after cases of flooding were reported in some parts of Nigeria, with that of Suleja in Niger State claiming 13 lives.
Senator David Umaru had raised a motion on the flood that affected Suleja and other areas.
After deliberations on the flood that also affected some areas in Lagos, the Senate commiserated with the people of Niger State, Lagos and other affected areas.
The lawmakers asked the executive to send relief materials through its emergency management agency and ensure immediate repairs of damaged buildings and infrastructure.
They also want the authorities responsible to, as a matter of urgency, clear and construct new drainage systems to guard against flooding now that the rainy season has fully set in.
Nigerian Meteorological Agency was not left out in the discussion, as the Senate asked the agency to intensify weather forecast and other efforts in areas that are likely to be affected by flood.
The agency gives daily weather forecast, but sensitising Nigerians enough to make them give attention to the forecast is something that the government should also begin to look into.
Some flooding cases in Nigeria have been attributed to carelessness of Nigerians about how they dispose waste materials.
Drainage clogging has been linked to flooding in some areas.