As a part of efforts to strengthen measures against the release of excess water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroun, State Commissioners of Environment have appealed to the federal government to make available intervention funds to states that were affected by flood from ecological fund to help improve/ construct necessary infrastructure and provide support for those already displaced.
The stakeholders made the appeal at the end of a one-day stakeholders’ round table on preparations for 2015 flood management organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment, yesterday in Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the round table that had in attendance about 100 participants drawn from federal and state ministries of environment, military, para-military agencies, other relevant agencies, NGOs was to discus on flood management.
Benue state Water Resources and Environment Commissioner, Nick Wende, said before the alert of release of water from Lagdo, there was an observation of increase in water level in Benue.
Wende said the increase in the water level was an evidence of another flood like that of 2012 reoccuring in the states, adding that this needed an urgent intervention to mitigate its effects on lives and properties.
He said,on their part, they had sensitised the public by way of jingles, going to churches and mosques to keep them on alert.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede expressed worry over mismanagement of the ecological funds released for flood victims’ intervention in 2012.
Mede said, apart from Kastina which judiciously used the intervention funds, no other state could account for their own funds.
The Permanent Secretary notified that the Ministry and other stakeholders would set up committee that will monitor the application of intervention funds.
She also explained that they will ensure continuous monitoring and early dissemination of information to relevant MDAs to mitigate the effect of flooding in Nigeria.
Speaking also, Delta state commission for Environment, Mr. John Nani assured that if Nigerians do the needful, there would not be cause for alarm, urging the media to step up effort to ensure that people are properly informed.


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