Nigerian Government Inaugurates Committee On Flood Reduction

The Federal Government on Tuesday inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee for disaster risk reduction of flooding hazards across the country.


Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, who inaugurated the team in Abuja, said the committee would activate efforts towards developing a National Multi-Sectoral Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.

She said, “My ministry is to ensure strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness and response as well as manage the formulation and implementation of equity-focused social inclusion and protection programmes in Nigeria.”

The minister said the National Emergency Management Agency had put together mechanisms for managing flooding as there had been sensitisation/advocacy visits to state governments to assess the level of preparedness and response.

She said members of the inter-ministerial committee were drawn from the Ministries of Humanitarian Affairs, Water Resources, Agriculture, Environment, Interior, and Information.

Others include the Federal Fire Service, National Orientation Agency, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Institute of Hydrological Service Agency, Nigerian Meteorological Agency and National Emergency Management Agency.


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