The director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Alhaji Muhammed Sani Sidi has said that the agency had put in place necessary measures to avert flooding this year even as the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has predicted heavy rainfall in some states in the country. He said this had become imperative in order to avert the possibility of the reoccurrence of the flooding that ravaged parts of the country last year.
The DG who spoke to newsmen in Kaduna shortly after attending a dinner organised in honour of the newly appointed director general media and publicity to Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mayaki, also attested to the prediction, saying, “The prediction of torrential rainfall is true and the states to be affected have equally been informed to prepare ahead”.
It would be recalled that NIMET director general, Dr. Anthony Anuforom had predicted that there is going to be more rainfalls in 2013, noting that the annual rainfall amount is expected to be above normal in comparison to 2012 in Sokoto, Niger, Kwara and Zamfara States and environs, while the rainfall amount will be below normal in Ogun, Oyo and Kebbi States.
Dr Anuforom also disclosed that catchment areas of River Niger and parts of the Niger Delta have higher chances of having more rains in 2013 than in previous years, and therefore, advised people in such areas with high risks of flooding to ensure early planning.