Coordination, collective responsibility, crucial to manage flood disasters – Group

The Coordinator, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Emergency Working Group, Mr Ibiyemi Olu-Daniels, has called for collective responsibility and coordination in managing flood disasters in the country.

Olu-Daniels said that this was necessary to prevent duplication of activities and ensure that those who needed the support got them.

He said many persons were affected and displaced by continuous flooding, raising major concerns for humanitarian needs.

Olu-Daniels said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, had confirmed that the 2022 floods were more severe than 2012, while calling for deliberate efforts to manage its impact.

The coordinator who is also the Deputy Director, WASH Response and Collaboration, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, said government could not do it alone, hence the need for partners’ support.

He explained that his ministry had evolved strategies by constructing water schemes like boreholes, dams and toilet facilities in curtailing the spread of water – borne diseases and open defecation practices.

Olu-Daniels said the ministry was partnering with the National Emergency Management Agency, on post-flood assessments to ascertain groundwater quality for safe consumption and domestic use.

He said the ministry was also supporting states to develop their cholera preparedness and response plans; and train on contingency plan.

“We have carried out sensitisations in Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara states on cholera prevention and action plan, these states were worst hit by flood.

“Many of them had their farmlands washed away, due to spillovers from water released from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon,’’ Olu-Daniels said.

NEMA had revealed that about 2,504,095 persons were affected by the worst natural disaster that ravaged the country in several years.

Furthermore, no fewer than 500 persons lost their lives, with the submerging of several houses and displacement of millions of Nigerians across the country. 

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