FG task Stakeholders to Scale Up Strategies to Mitigate Erosion and Flooding

FG task Stakeholders to Scale Up Strategies to Mitigate Erosion and Flooding

The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Environment, Mahmud Adam Kambari has tasked stakeholders in the nation’s environment sector to scale up adequate strategies to address hazards posed by flooding and climate change in the country.

Kambari made the call at the Meeting of the Technical Committee on the review and update of the National Erosion and Flood Control Policy recently held in Abuja.

According to him, the benefit of having the policy reviewed and updated for the nation is quite immense as it would assist in the reduction of loss and damages due to erosion and flooding in the country.

“The capacity of Government organs to respond to these concerns would be enhanced, I want to assure you that the Ministry reposes great confidence in this pool of experts to give the nation superlative results, it is therefore my pleasure to declare this Technical Committee meeting open and wish you fruitful deliberations.” He said.

He disclosed that: “The Federal Ministry of Environment in its bid to address the twin issues of erosion and flood developed the National Erosion and Flood Control Policy (NEFCOP) in 2005.

The Permanent Secretary explained further that the document was approved by the Federal Executive Council and launched by President Olusegun Obasanjo to excerbate the effect of flooding and erosion in the country.

The Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management Department, Federal Ministry of Environment. Mr. Etigbue Dilichukwu in his welcome address, stressed that the revisiting and mainstreaming relevants policies into Nigeria’s national adaptation plan are of utmost importance.

Dilichukwu reiterated that the potential benefits of having a comprehensive and up-to-date policy in this area are enormous, not only in reducing loss and damages but also enhancing the country’s institutional framework and capacity to effectively respond to environmental concerns.

“On behalf of the Ministry, we extend our gratitude to our Partners and Collaborators for their unwavering support in tackling environmental challenges, with your continued collaboration as we strive to drive the implementation of a robust NEFCOP that will effectively address current and future challenges related to erosion and flooding.”

He stated that due to the adverse effect of climate change, the review is pertinent and thus called for an open exchange of ideas and perspectives to work towards a stronger and more environmentally resilient Nigeria.

The National Project Coordinator, ACreSAL, Mr Abdulhamid Umar in his remarks, said the project is working to permanently end the issues of flooding in Nigeria.
“Issues surrounding flood control and coastal challenges in this country are very, central to reasons why the world bank hasn’t found it necessary, to intervene by making very handsome amount delegated to the implementation of this project,” he said.

He added further that the Agencies of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project will support the implementation of all the policies that would be reached at the technical session.

Umar said the government must ensure compliance and penalties for people who illegally destroyed structures and infrastructures that are supposed to help in controlling flood hazards.

The National Erosion and Flood Control Policy and its associated documents (National Erosion and Flood Control Action Plan and the Technical Guidelines) was developed by the Ministry of Environment, approved and adopted by both FEC and NEC in 2005. It would address the widespread hazards of erosion and flood, which had led to devastating loss of lives, properties, productive agricultural lands, pollution of water resources, and sedimentation of rivers.

Danjuma Amodu
For: Head, Press and Public Relations Unit