The Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation has taken a significant step toward addressing Nigeria’s recurring flooding challenges.
They have submitted the newly developed National Strategic Plan for Flood Management in Nigeria to President Bola Tinubu for consideration.
Stakeholders eagerly await further instructions on how to proceed with this strategic initiative.
At a three-day retreat held in Abuja for senior management staff of the water ministry, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, emphasized the effectiveness of this plan in combating flooding issues in the country.
Nigeria has long grappled with extensive floods during the rainy season, leading to the loss of lives and property damage.
However, the government, in collaboration with various stakeholders, has been working diligently to address this pressing challenge.
Minister Utsev highlighted the ongoing regional collaboration under the Lake Chad Commission and Niger Basin Authority for the management of trans-boundary water systems.
He also mentioned the submission of the National Strategic Plan for Flood Management in Nigeria to President Tinubu, awaiting further directives.
The plan itself encompasses a comprehensive approach to flood mitigation and financing.
It integrates both structural and non-structural measures, addresses ecosystem needs, and envisions active participation from government at all levels, communities, and the private sector.
The ministry stands ready to be involved in emergency response efforts during droughts, floods, and other weather-related disasters, in order to minimize their impact.