The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says increasing water level of
River Niger portends great threat to the nation’s capital, given its proximity to
The Director-General of FEMA, Abbas Idriss, stated this at the 2019 Stakeholders
Retreat on Flood Mitigation and Response Coordination, held on Wednesday in
“Information from the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencies (NIHSA), from its daily monitoring of flood water level of River Niger at Lokoja, revealed that water level since July 8, has exceeded the level recorded in 2012 and 2018 after a
comparative analysis of the same period.
“This information is coming on the heel of its 2019 Annual Flood Outlook which
declared 74 local government areas in the country as having a high probability of
experiencing a flood.
“Recent flood incidents in the FCT and greater threats of further occurrence as
alerted by flood forecast agencies give serious cause for concern, especially to
stakeholders on whose shoulders the responsibility of prevention, response and
Mr Idriss said that the forum would provide stakeholders with the opportunity to inject new ideas not only to cope effectively with the impending flood but to
reduce to the nearest minimum recurrent flood incidents in the FCT.
He cautioned FCT residents against indiscriminate refuse disposal, building on
waterways and blockage of drainage, among other acts that obstruct the free flow of water when it rains.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, in a remark, said that the FCTA
would continue to remove structures constructed in violation of relevant laws so as to minimise flood risk within the city and its environs.
Mr Ohaa said that so far, 150 of such structures had been removed in the ongoing exercise to clear obstructions of waterways in line with the Abuja city plan.
He assured the stakeholders that the FCTA would consider resolutions reached at
the forum with a view to implementing them in line with the extant government
“It is my expectations that your deliberations will not only come up with watertight preventive and response strategies against the impending flood but also proffer durable solutions to the issue of recurrent flood in the FCT.”
He commended the FCT Emergency Management Agency for its aggressive flood awareness campaign across the six Area Councils, and for taking proactive
measures by organising the forum. (NAN)