Monday, July 25, 2011

Taking on floods in Nigeria

Abdulkadir Badsha Mukhtar in via the Daily Trust (Nigeria): The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has advised governors of the South-South states in Nigeria to take proactive measures against floods by initiating policy on climate change. NEMA Director General, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, who gave the advice at a regional workshop on climate change in Asaba, Delta State, said state governments should initiate policies that could help in reducing the impact of climate change to avoid loss of lives and property from possible floods in the area.

According to a statement signed by the agency's spokesman, Yusha'u Shuaibu, the NEMA DG was quoted as saying, "We must do everything possible at national, states and community levels to adapt and take proactive measures needed to ensure that individuals and communities are capable of dealing with the detrimental impacts of climate change."

He added that collective efforts were necessary to either prevent disasters or mitigate their effects. He said attention must also be given to addressing the problems of floods, erosions, sea-level rise, and salt water intrusions which contaminate fresh water among others....

The Lekki Peninsula coastline in Nigeria, shot by Contimm

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