The Federal Ministry of Environment on Saturday in Abuja, announced a prediction of heavy rainfall which could cause flooding between now and Oct. 27 in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
This was disclosed in a statement issued over the weekend by Dr. Morohunkeji Oyeleke, the ministry’s Deputy Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management.
Oyeleke who also noted that the FCT along with 18 other states of the federation are facing a disastrous flood hazard, identified some areas that could be affected as Sakaba in Kebbi, Sagamu in Ogun, Okigwe in Imo and Nafada in Gombe state. Other areas listed are Kari and Kirfi in Bauchi state; Makeda in Sokoto state; Shelleng and Shendam in Plateau; Mubi and Numan in Adamawa; Donga, Lau and Mutum-Biyu in Taraba; Lekki and Surulere in Lagos state and Igbo-Or in Osun. It further listed Otukpo in Benue state; Calabar in Cross River; and Eket, Etinan, Ikot-Nakanda, Itu and Oron areas of Akwa Ibom.
In the FCT, the flood-prone areas include Abaji, Kwali, Bwari, Mabushi, Kukwaba, Guzape, Karu, Kuje, Kurudu and Lugbe. The ministry also added that areas which could be affected by the downpour-induced floods included Apata, Bodija, Challenge, Eleyele, Moniya, Aiyete, Eruwa, Iseyin, Kisi and Ogbomoso in Oyo state. It also listed Bida, Katcha, Kontagora, Mashegu and Sarki Pawa, all in Niger, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna, Jemaa, Kachia in Kaduna state and Bode Saadu, Ilorin, Kosubosu and Lafiaji in Kwara state.
The ministry, while appealing to the governments in the identified states to take all necessary precautionary measures to avoid any untold hardship, also added that adherence to similar warnings in the past had saved many peoples’ lives and property.