FG Establishes Committee And Assures Public Amidst Lagdo Dam Activities

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has reached out to citizens, urging them to remain calm in light of recent developments at the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon. In a news briefing held in Abuja, Clement Nze, the Director General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), assured that the dam’s activities are within standard reservoir procedures. He emphasized that the impact on downstream flooding is minimal and should not cause concern.

Nze disclosed that on August 14, 2023, Cameroonian authorities began releasing water from the Lagdo Dam at a rate of 200 cubic meters per second, equivalent to 18 million cubic meters of water per day. However, he emphasized that the dam has been closed since August 28 and that the situation is being closely monitored; despite the unpredictable nature of rainfall.

He pointed out that by August 25, the water release rate decreased to 50 cubic meters per second; a routine operation for reservoir management, which poses negligible risk of downstream flooding. The hydrologist responsible for the dam notified authorities that water spillage had ceased by 11:00 a.m. on August 28.

Nze clarified that the ongoing floods experienced in Abuja and various parts of Nigeria are primarily a result of local rainfall. He highlighted that the current water level at the monitoring station in Makurdi, Benue State, stands at 9.01 meters, compared to 9.68 meters recorded on the same date in 2022.

Concurrently, the Federal Government has established a high-level committee led by Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, with the goal of preventing flooding and mitigating its impact within Nigeria.

The announcement was made during a press conference convened by the committee members in Abuja. The initiative was initiated following Dr. Edu’s presentation at the inaugural Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Monday, prompted by President Bola Tinubu.

Dr. Edu further stressed the importance of individuals in affected areas relocating to higher ground for safety. She urged state governors to take responsibility for evacuating residents from vulnerable areas in order to safeguard lives and property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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