By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Following this year’s Season Rainfall Prediction by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, (NIMET),the Managing Director, Kaduna State Water Corporation, (KDSWC), Sanusi Maikudi has called on Nigerians especially those living close to river banks to pay attention to the warning and move away in order not to be got unprepared.
He made the call on Monday during a stakeholders meeting for the development of appropriate infrastructure on flood marks organized by the National Water Resources Institute, (NWRI) in Kaduna.
According to him, “We have been warned that flooding is coming, and nobody knows the exact day or hour, people living close to river banks to move away from it because; we have seen how devastating it can be and we don’t want our compatriots across the country to suffer,” he pleaded.
Maikudi said that the idea is that people should be sensitive to what is happening in their environments; noting that humanity has grown in terms of knowledge, ideas of interpreting environmental activities, hence, strict compliance will help reduce the incidences of flood in the country.
Speaking of the event, he said as a stakeholder in water management in Nigeria he was at the meeting to look at the water flood marking, and also to develop an appropriate infrastructure on which flood marks could be captured, transferred and stored.
The MD of KDSWC explained that NWRI has come up with a design, which he made contributions about the criteria that could be used like fitness to purpose, stability, functionality, cost, aesthetics and symbolism because if this is done now, it could serve as a tourist attraction, in addition to serving human life and property.
He disclosed that the ultimate purpose of the project is to guide human activities like those trying to cross the river, those who want to carry out development close to river banks, as well as people who works close to water works.
“There are three basic levels: the save, warning and danger levels so that even a layman when he sees the water at the normal level he can continue with his activity. But if it is at the warning level he has to be cautious to try to save himself and his property. And once it is on danger level it is run, run, and never come back until the water subsides.”
On attitude of Nigerians not taking heed to warnings from experts, Maikudi said that it is in our own interest to listen to experts, saying, “if an experts talk about healthcare we should listen to them if we want the health of the nation to be sound, the same thing goes to development experts, likewise we must obey simple instruction like traffic signs including the water marks now.
“If you take risk deliberately and refused to obey you are risking your life and don’t turn around to blame anyone,” he said.
He disclosed that water marks were part of universal water prone architecture; adding that Nigeria have been burrowing on walls, bridge fillers, school buildings wherever the water reached they mark it there.
“Now we are saying we need to develop a standard flood marking so that we capture the data for posterity. A century from now or hundred years to come children can come and say so this is the level of flood we had in 2019, this is the one for 2020? They will marvel at it.
“Life is not an event it is a process we have just started and if we team up and continue with sensitization, mobilization, advocacy, lobby including enforcement one day we will get there,” he said.
It would be recalled that the 2019 Season Rainfall Prediction was released by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, (NIMET) on January 24, 2019. According to the report, the general outlook of Annual Rainfall amount is predicted to be normal to below normal in Nigeria. Few places were however predicted to experience above normal annual rainfall.
The report stated that some areas in the following States are likely to experience normal to above normal rainfall and these include Benue, Sokoto, Ogun, Lagos Ondo, Edo, Enugu, Cross River, Abia, Kwara, Oyo, Yobe, Adamawa, Jigawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Kogi States.
In addition, some parts of the following States: Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi and Borno are expected to experience severe dry spell in the months of June-July.