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Gbajabiamila presents parting motion

…As Reps invite NEMA over 2023 flood prediction

 

Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, during plenary in Abuja on Wednesday presented what can be termed a parting motion to set the house in motion.

 

Gbajabiamila while presenting the motion, said there was a need for National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to brief the House on measures taken to prevent flood disasters and manage socio-economic impact on the people in flood-prone areas.

The motion is titled; “Need to Commence Active Measures to Mitigate the Probable Devastation of a Severe Flood Season and Prepare Palliative Intervention to Prevent the Worst Socio-Economic Consequences for Nigerians in the Affected Areas”.

He said that a large portion of the country was prone to annual flooding which had been recurring in recent years.

According to him, the extent of the devastation of lives and property has been huge.

Gbajabiamila said that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency in January, released the seasonal climate prediction with a forecast of early onset of rain across the country and heavy rains throughout the season.

He said that the prediction of an early rainfall had come to pass, adding that there was every reason to expect the forecast of a heavy rainy season.

The lawmaker, however, expressed concern that the 2023 annual flood outlook prepared by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency showed that 178 Local Government Areas in 32 states and the FCT fell within the highly probable flood risk areas.

The House adopted the motion and invited the Director-General, NEMA, Mr Mustapha Ahmed over the 2023 flood predictions in the country.

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