Expect more floods next year, NEMA tells Nigerians

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned Nigerians to expect more devastating flooding across the country in 2023.

The agency said if necessary steps are not taken by the Federal, state, and local governments, the flooding will continue next year.

NEMA’s Director General Mustapha Mohammed announced this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Special Duties to defend his agency’s 2023 budget yesterday in Abuja.

The agency boss said early warnings given to the states in 2022 by the agency were ignored and the consequences came in destructive realities in the affected areas.

He said: “Let me also use this opportunity to prevail on the committee to intervene on our behalf. We have written to states several times. This flood is still coming in 2023.

“They must be advised early to set up State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and local emergency committees and fund them adequately.

“We gave a similar warning last year but our advice was ignored.”



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