Federal Government has revealed plans to develop a national multi sectoral flood emergency preparedness and response plan towards disaster risk reduction of flooding hazards in the country.
The government explained that its action was based on reports and concerns raised by the Ministry of Water Resources and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, while speaking at the inaugural meeting of the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan in Abuja, said “given the multi-sectoral nature of disasters in general, it is pertinent that we are all here to begin the development of preparedness plan for disaster reduction in the country.”
She explained that the president had directed the Humanitarian Ministry to provide inter-ministerial coordination towards this exercise.
According to her, the ministry “is to ensure strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness and response as well as manage the formulation and implementation.”
Farouq stated that since February 2020, the ministry had played a vital role in monitoring floods and calling stakeholders for action in response to the 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet.
She added that subsequent analysis was performed by NEMA within the Disaster Risk Management Implication of 2020 seasonal rainfall.
“This implication report already emphasizes the multisectoral implication and impact of the 2020 floods on agriculture and food security, water resources, health, transport and infrastructure sectors, and proffers actionable recommendations for each stakeholder and relevant MDA,” she further said.