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God responsible for floods across Nigeria, not Cameroon: Water Resources minister Adamu

“But it isn’t the primary purpose we’ve got floods on this nation — 80 per cent of the floods on this nation is water that we’re blessed with from God from the sky,” he stated

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, stated that God is chargeable for floods which have submerged numerous components of the nation, plunging communities into unparalleled devastation for the third week continued.

Speaking at his ministry’s finances defence convention on Wednesday, Mr Adamu stated rainfall constitutes 80 per cent of the flood disaster throughout the nation and never the Lagdo dam in Cameroon as insinuated by some quarters.

“All these tales I’ve been seeing on social media, I simply snigger as a result of they’re deceptive. The contribution of the Lagdo dam to flooding on this nation is just one per cent. Sometimes they launch the water with out discover and after they try this, it has an impression on communities downstream.

“But it isn’t the primary purpose we’ve got floods on this nation — 80 per cent of the floods on this nation is water that we’re blessed with from God from the sky,” he stated.

Although Mr Adamu stated that Cameroonian authorities haven’t been completely trustworthy with the Nigerian aspect on the opening of the dam and launch of water, he maintains that Cameroon can’t be blamed for the flood and that there isn’t a possible finish in sight to the disaster.

“This yr’s flood, I can guarantee you, we can not blame it on Cameroon, to be honest. We’ll proceed to have floods on the river Niger and Benue basins. We signed the MOU with the Cameroonian authorities, however since then, yearly, it’s the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that calls them, ‘what’s your stage in Lagdo?’ “Even this one when he known as them, I used to be speaking with the DG NIHSA, I stated, ‘what’s taking place in Cameroon?’ He stated he has been calling them, they usually stated they’d not launched any water, however they stated they’d inform us. Finally, they stated they’d inform us tomorrow, they didn’t inform us; they knowledgeable us 24 hours after they’d launched the water.

“They did the identical factor two years in the past, I wrote to the minister of international affairs, and Nigeria needed to write a protest letter to the Cameroonian authorities that they didn’t inform us. It was after our rains had gone down, all of the sudden we noticed floods in Adamawa space, and we have been asking them. For two weeks, they have been denying that they’d opened the reservoir. Of course, it didn’t go to the confluence, it was restricted to the areas of Adamawa state and Taraba. Because, as I stated, the contribution to the flood by Lagdo dam just isn’t so excessive.”

According to figures launched by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), greater than two million individuals have been affected by the flood, with over 500 deaths. Several communities have additionally been reduce off from commerce and meals provide because of a scarcity of entry to their communities.

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