Floods are from Nigeria’s rainfall not Cameroon’s dam, says Minister 

Nigerian Government has stated that excess water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon is not responsible for the flooding that has negatively affected parts of the country. 

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, stated this at the 2023 budget defence of the ministry before the Senate Committee on Water Resources, in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the inflow from the dam to Nigeria is only one per cent.

Adamu made the clarification due to the belief and misconception of some Nigerians who have been blaming Cameroon for the upsurge in Nigeria’s flooding.

“Yes, the dam releases water; sometimes it releases water without notice and when they do that, it has impact on communities downstream.

“It is not the main reason you have flood in this country.

“The tributaries of River Benue are the main cause. And this year, the rains have been unprecedented,” the Minister said in the statement.

Adamu said the trans-boundary water that comes into Nigeria from rivers Niger and Benue constitutes only 20 per cent of the fresh water that flows into the country.

“Eighty per cent of the flood is water we are blessed with from the sky falling on Mambila and Jos Plateau.

“Most of this flow is from Nigeria,” he said.

The minister said that the Federal Government is not often informed by the Cameroonian Government on the annual release of water from Lagdo Dam.

“It took a lot of effort for us for them to sign an MoU to be informing Nigeria about releases.

“It was signed in 2016. Since then, every year , when the flood season comes, it is the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency that calls them to know their level of water.

“We can not blame the flood this year on Cameroon. We can only blame them for violating the terms of the MoU,” Adamu said.

The Minister announced that government would call for a review of the MoU.

On the Dasin Hausa Dam in Adamawa which could serve as a solution to flooding, Adamu said that “whether we are able to do the dam or not, we will continue to have floods on the rivers Niger and Benue basins”.

“There was a consultant that had been appointed by the previous administration to work on this dam.

“When I came into office, I checked the scope of work and the terms of reference. I was not satisfied that justice will be done to that design.

“You can not build a dam as important and strategic as Dasin Hausa on River Benue without a detailed feasibility and engineering design,” he said.

The Minister disclosed that he disengaged the consultant in 2016 adding that it was one of the 116 projects that the Ministry had.

Adamu expressed optimism that by March 2023, the feasibility studies and engineering design would be completed.

Earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Bello Mandiya, had urged the ministry to find lasting solution to flooding around the country.

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