The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA has called on Nigerians, including those inhabiting flood probe areas, to change their attitude by heeding early warning of flood.
Leading the agency’s team to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, on the 2016 flood sensitisation campaign, the director general, Mr. Moses Oluwatoyin Beckley, admonished Nigerians on the dangers of old practice and non adherance to warnings of another round of impending flood in 2016.
He lamented that despite all the series of alerts isued by NIHSA, people are still “stuck to their old ways”, adding that while the agency canvasses the wholesale jettisoning of culture, the effects of climate change and other contending issues must not be overlooked.
According to him: “Kogi State, particularly Lokoja is the centre of flooding, and that is why today, NIHSA is kick starting the sensitisation of flood alert here, from where we go to the other areas.
“Analysis of annual flood outlook (AFO) as it affects Kogi State, indicate river flooding is expected in Lokoja and its environs to likely overflow of banks of rivers Niger and Benue.
“Threat of major river flooding occasioned by red alert from the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), Niamey, Niger Republic on the 4th August 2016, more recently on the 14th September 2016, the water level in River Niger at Mosley was 6.20 meter, which has exceeded the penultimate flood warning level, hence the news for Nigeria to brace up.”
The Kogi State commissioner for water resources, Barr. Salami Ozigi, who was at hand, together with his counterpart in the ministry of environment, thanked the agency for making the state it’s first point of call, saying, “as we all know, Kogi State is very prone to flood.”