After four years of fruitless effort, the Federal Government has put in place measures aimed at reviewing the national policy on erosion control and flood management in line with global best practices. The policy would focus on preventive measures, involving watershed management to address deforestation in agricultural and infrastructure development in the country. Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day workshop on flood prevention, mitigation and preparedness in Nigeria.She explained that the ministry was targeting policy at managing flood.using proactive tools such as Flood Risk Assessment (FRA), Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) and Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CB-FEWS). “It will also ensure adoption of integrated control measures involving engineering and agronomic methods including channelisation of flood water into reservoirs for agricultural purposes and ground water recharge,” she said. Odusote further noted that the impact of flooding on the socio-economic activity of communities was always huge and destabilising, adding that government appreciates the need to urgently address the attendant hardship on Nigerians.
Source: The Guardian June 18, 2019 03:22 UTC