He wants the law to punish violators of indiscriminate waste disposal
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said that twenty of the forty-four local government areas in the state of Kano are prone to flood risk in the 2020 rainy season.
This was because it requires the law to punish defaulters and serve as a deterrent to people with the habit of indiscriminate waste disposal, which is largely responsible for flooding.
NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Sanusi Ado, stated this during a one-day stakeholder meeting on a flood awareness campaign and the implication of the 2020 seasonal rain forecast held in Kano on Wednesday.
Ado cited a case with the recently reported incidence of destroyed bridges and displacement of people in the local government areas of Rimin Gado and Tofa, as a result of blocked drainage and waterways.
The NEMA Coordinator also hinted at plans to visit the flood-prone areas under assessment and identify safe places to relocate potential victims in the event of any eventuality.
According to him, “Kano is among the states that are expected to experience flash floods and urban floods, according to the annual flood warning published by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in its annual flood forecast for 2020.
According to the NIHSA release, approximately twenty local government areas (20) are classified as probable high risk areas and therefore include: Tarauni, Garun Malam, Rimin Gado, Gaya, Gezawa, Gwale, Shanono and Gabasawa.
“Other areas are; Local government areas of Gwarzo, Ungoggo, Warawa, Dawakin Kudu, Dambatta, Bebeji, Kano, Wudil, Kura, Nasarawa, Kano Municipal and Kumbotso.
“According to the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) and can threaten with major implications to the agriculture, water resources, health, transportation and infrastructure sectors according to the SRP for seasonal rainfall prediction of NIMET 2020.
“Remembering that, in 2012, unprecedented floods caused the displacement of thousands of people, the death and the loss of millions of naira.
“Thus, the NEMA Kano Territorial Office’s flood intervention alone, from 2018 to 2020, has covered about 41 large-scale flood assessments and various relief interventions in various areas of Kano and Jigawa states, respectively.
“The recently reported incidence of destroyed bridges in the local government areas of Rimin Gado and Tofa led to so many displacements of vulnerable people as a result of the absence and blockage of drains
“And the risk of flooding in urban areas also increased, so we urge the relevant authorities to pay more attention to waste management in Nigeria.
“Putting in place a comprehensive waste management would go a long way in addressing frequent flood incidents. These must also be backed by laws in the respective states that discourage people from indiscriminate waste disposal.
“In light of the above, all hands must therefore be on deck to ensure that we prepare well to mitigate the impact of the flood forecast for 2020, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Therefore, Nigerians should also make sure that the drains are well cleaned while other precautionary measures are taken,” Ado said.
Meanwhile, the critical meeting was attended by officials from Nigeria’s Meteorological Agency, NiMet, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Red Cross, National Guidance Agency, Immigration, Civil Defense, DSS, Hadejia / Jumare River Basin, among others.