‘Food scarcity looms’- Report

Some experts have warned of impending food and environmental crisis following excessive rain and ravaging flooding that affected 27 states and FCT, thus the need for proactive measures to curtail and manage the development. 

This is contained in a report by the NexTier SPD, co-authored by Dr. Chukwuma Okoli, an Associate Consultant at NexTier SPD and a Lecturer, the Department of Political Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, and Dr. Ndu Nwokolo, a Managing Partner and Chief Executive at NexTier SPD and an Honorary Research Fellow, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, UK. 

“The agricultural losses recorded from recent flooding incidents will further worsen food scarcity. For instance, Olam Farm, one of Nigeria’s largest contributors to the rice value chain, had its farmland of around 4,400 hectares in Nasarawa State completely submerged by excess water from the River Benue. This is a red flag for food scarcity. 

“The release of excess water from the Lagdo dam in the neighbouring Republic of Cameroon contributed significantly to the current flooding across Nigeria. There is also a governance failure on the part of Nigeria for failing to complete the building of the Dasin Hausa Dam in Adamawa state as agreed by the two countries years back. The Nigerian dam is supposed to act as a buffer for excess water from the Lagdo dam,” the researchers said. 

The report noted that states in Northern Nigeria were more prone to flooding, and have been the worst hit by the current floods. According to them, six northern states of Niger, Jigawa, Yobe, Kano, Katsina, and Kebbi accounted for 37 (35.9 percent) of the total 103 flood cases recorded in Nigeria between 2011 and 2020.

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