Flash Flood Expected Across The Nation, NiMet Warns

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The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned of a high possibility of flash floods occurring across 34 states of the Federation over the next three days.

According to a communique on Wednesday by NiMet’s spokesperson, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, the agency explained that moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash floods from Tuesday, 24th to Thursday 26th of August, 2021.

It also placed the following states Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, Kebbi, Niger, FCT, Plateau, Adamawa on a high priority list.

Taraba, Kwara, Oyo, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Edo, Benue, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Abia, as well as the coastal states of Rivers States  Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, were not left out.

Consequently, the agency advised that the slim chances of flash flood events on roads, settlements, farmlands, and bridges could be more pronounced.

As a result, the possibility of cars skidding off the road and car crashes is high.

NiMET also asked the public to take heed and avoid damages from rain-related hazards occasioned by the predicted flash flood.

Wife Of NIMET Official Abducted In Plateau Regains Freedom

A screengrab taken on March 26, 2021, shows the apartment where the victim was abducted in Plateau State.

 

The woman kidnapped by a group of gunmen at the staff quarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Plateau State has regained freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in Plateau State, Edward Egbuka, confirmed the release of Mrs Victoria Rabo to Channels Television on Friday in Jos, the state capital.

Victoria, the wife of a staff member of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) at the airport, was abducted from the FAAN staff quarters in the Heipang area of the state on Thursday night.

According to Egbuka, the victim was released at about 7pm a day after she was kidnapped following the pressure mounted on the abductors in the bush since the incident happened.

The NIMET official, Ayuba Rabo, also confirmed the release of his wife to Channels Television after she was reunited with her family.

He thanked the security agencies, as well as members and management staff of the airport for their concerns and intervention in securing the release of his wife.

A signpost is seen at the airport in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

 

However, neither the police commissioner nor the victim’s husband disclosed if any ransom was paid to her abductors before she was released.

Victoria was released after her abductor had contacted her family to demand the sum of N10 million as ransom.

They were said to have contacted the family through Ayuba who said the family members were struggling to get the money to secure her release.

Narrating his ordeal Ayuba said he had escaped from the abductors and hid in a nearby bush, only for the gunmen to abduct his wife.

During the attack, the assailants also invaded the apartment of NIMET manager at the airport, Raha Umar.

A screengrab taken on March 26, 2021, shows a signpost of FAAN at the airport in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

 

However, they were unable to kidnap her as she escaped through the rear door before the gunmen could gain entry into the apartment.

The vast and open land within the airport has been a security concern to members of staff residing in the staff quarters.

They decried the delay in the reconstruction of the perimeter fence at the facility following a security breach in July 2020.

NAMA, NIMET, NCAT And AIB Get New Bosses

Avaition: NAMA, NIMET, NCAT And AIB Get New BossesPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of four persons to head some key agencies in Nigeria’s aviation sector.

The approval was made public in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Sabiu Zakari.

The affected agencies are: Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, as well as the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

Captain Fola C. Akinkuotu, who is a seasoned transport pilot, flight and aircraft maintenance engineer, airline chief executive and a trained aviation industry regulator, has been appointed the Director General of NAMA.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Abuja, and a professor of geography with specialty in Environmental Application of Remote Sensing, Sani Abubakar Mashi, becomes the Director General of NIMET.

According to the statement, Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed is the new Rector at NCAT, while Mr Akinola Olateru is the Commissioner for AIB.

Captain Mohammed is an alumnus of NCAT and a renowned civil aviation trainer and examiner with accreditation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration.

Mr Olateru, on his part, is an engineer of international repute, a trained air accident manager and a certified safety officer with aircraft maintenance engineering licences in Nigeria, USA and the United Kingdom.

FG Challenges Universities On Climate Change

FG Challenges Universities On Climate ChangeThe Federal Government of Nigeria has challenged the academic community to rise up and contribute its quota to the resolution of climate change issues.

This is expected to be achieved through research and establishment of basic weather observatories in order to increase the density of weather data collection in Nigeria.

The Director General of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, Dr Anthony Anuforom, threw the challenge during a lecture organised by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu, for the institution’s 17th Convocation ceremony.

He pledged the readiness of NIMET to collaborate and provide guidance to Nigerian universities to ensure that such observatories are set up and operated in compliance with world meteorological organization standards.

Dr Anuforom also reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to reduce the effect of climate change through scientific information dissemination and management.

Nigeria has been identified as highly vulnerable to climate change based on the maple soft climate change vulnerability index, which places the country as the 3rd most vulnerable in the world.

It is for this reason that the DG of NIMET has stressed that the issue is of serious concern and is one that requires decisive and coordinated action from all Nigerians.

The Vice Chancellor of ESUT, Professor Luke, informed the gathering that the university had in the past collaborated with NIMET in the training of students in the area of meteorology and requested the agency to consider establishing a weather/disaster risk reduction centre in the school.

The annual lecture series which attracted members of the academic community within and outside Enugu state, including a former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, was aimed at stimulating the quest for lasting solutions to the challenges of climate change both locally and globally.

One Feared Dead As Flood Destroys Communities In Osogbo, Osun State

Flood, Osun StateAn unidentified driver might have lost his life while several property got submerged in flood as a heavy downpour left bitter tales for many residents of Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

The Muslim festival was going well with residents already looking forward to resuming back to their businesses when the holiday suddenly turned sour.

Some residents in areas like Testing Ground, Rasco, Oke-Onitea, Fiwasaye, Gbomi and Iludun in Osogbo have been counting their losses as the rain came down heavily for three hours, causing flood in many parts of the city.

Channels Television visited Oke-Onitea area, where residents were gathered looking at a canal in search of a middle-aged man said to be the driver of a Nissan Primera with registration number – Lagos LSD 683 DZ.

Flood, Osun State

An eyewitness told us that the man insisted on driving through the already overflowing water but was swept off with his car, while the driver was yet to be found at the time of filing this report.

The story was different at Fiwasaye area. Residents were stranded as the bridge required to cross to the other side of the community had been washed off by the rain.

Flood, Osun State
Youths rescue trapped neighbours

With many houses and stalls submerged by the rain, another eyewitness said that a woman and her daughter had been left stranded in their store because of the rain.

It took the intervention of some youths in the community and the Osun State Fire Service to rescue both the woman and her daughter.

One of the victims, Ifedunmade Ogundijo, who ‎owns a fashion outfit and a salon, said that the rain had caused her about three million naira loss.

Flood, Osun State
Ravaged fashion designer’s workshop

According to a report by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Osun state was identified as one of the flood-prone areas and the residents believe that the government should have been proactive to avert this occurrence.

While the residents count their losses, no official statement had been made by the Osun state government at the time of the report.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency had in July predicted flash flood in Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Makurdi and Yola.

The outlook also predicted that some of the nation’s rivers would overflow its bounds, naming Niger, Benue, Sokoto-Rima, Anambra-Imo, Cross River and Ogun-Osun rivers among those.

Some of the affected states have since the 2016 prediction embarked on programmes to prevent the level of devastation just witnessed in Osun state.Flood, Osun State

Akwa Ibom state government had in August directed the chairmen of its 15 Local Government Areas to build rescue and emergency camps in anticipation of flooding.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and Ministry of Environment, suggested that building emergency camps would be necessary in order to accommodate victims, should a flood disaster occur.

The Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in conjunction with trainers from the Southeast Zonal National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also conducted a capacity building workshop on Basic Skills in Search and Rescue.

At least 170 persons received training in search and rescue operations as part of the contingency plans for the predicted 2016 flooding.

Nigeria has experienced its fair share of flooding over the years and its attendant consequences. In 2012, Nigeria witnessed what has been described as the most devastating flood in its history.

Since then, the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency has been making public the flood outlook for each year.

It is expected that relevant government agencies and policy makers would be well prepared to respond adequately to the incidence of flood in their area following the release of the outlook.

 

NCAA Alerts Flight Operators Ahead Of Harmattan Season

ncaaThe Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued an alert to pilots and airlines following a forecast from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) that there will be occurrence of moderate to severe outbreaks of dust in the country during the harmattan period from November 2015 till March 2016.

The regulatory agency said the severe outbreaks of dust can reduce atmospheric visibility, impacting negatively on flight operations.

The agency is asking pilots and airlines to ensure that adequate weather information is obtained from NIMET prior to flight operations.

The NCAA also urged pilots to exercise maximum restraint when adverse weather is observed and ensure that flight operations are scheduled with adequate weather information to minimise delay or cancellation of flight operations.

The agency further gave the warning that all concerned must comply strictly with the laid down regulations.

Residents In Flood Prone Areas In Imo Advised To Relocate

SEMA Urges Imo Flood Victims To Relocate To Upper LandsResidents and indigenes of Oguta Local Government Area (LGA) living around flood prone areas have been advised to relocate to upper lands where their lives and property will be adequately secured, pending the time the ravaging flood will reduce.

The passionate appeal was issued on Monday by the Executive Secretary of the Imo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs Uche Ezeonyeasi, who visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp set up to house some flood victims in Oguta area.

 

She handed over to the displaced persons additional relief materials made available by the State government.

The Imo State government, through the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) had earlier provided relief materials to the flood victims.

Mrs Ezeonyeasi, however, noted that since flood was a natural disaster that could not be averted, SEMA had already done several sensitisation for the people of the zone prior to this time.

She disclosed that no lives were lost at the moment, but several homes and farmlands were badly affected.

According to her, the relief materials are to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims.

The Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, also visited the flood victims to sympathise with them and also promised them of the State government’s support and care.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had issued an alert that there would be flood in some particular zones in the country of which Imo State was one of them.

 

NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Jigawa Flood Victims

jigawa floodThe National Emergency Management Agency is collaborating with the Jigawa State Government to distribute relief materials to the victims of flood disaster across the state.

27 Local Government Areas of the state were affected by the flood as over 100,000 people were displaced, while farm produce worth billions of naira were washed away.

The State Government has set up an Emergency Response Team to assess the situation for early stage intervention.

Jigawa State is among the front line states in NIMET’s prediction of worst affected states by this year’s flood disaster.

So far, according to NEMA, seven Local Government Areas of the state were affected and more devastation is expected in the future.

The State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, has expressed concern over the situation of the affected victims.

He said that his government was partnering with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to see the possibility of providing a special arrangement for the affected farmers.

Governor Badaru said that the state’s town planners have also been directed to supply a master plan for the reconstruction of affected villages.

Although, there was no loss of life from the flood, few people were said to have been injured as NEMA supplied food items, medical facilities and other equipment required during emergency situation.

Meanwhile, NEMA said that a team of experts has been assigned to liaise with the State Emergency Management Agency in re-evaluating the situation for the second stage of its emergency response relief materials for the victims.

Flood Alert: Kogi Government Assures Citizens Of Safety

kogi stateKogi State Government has assured residents that it has put all measures in place to protect lives and property despite the great possibility that the state may experience flooding this year, as predicted by NIMET.

The State’s Deputy Governor, who doubles as the Chairman Kogi State Flood Management Committee, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, made the announcement in his office in Lokoja, the capital of the state while briefing reporters after a flood alert message to the people of the state.

Mr Awoniyi appealed to people living along the flood prone areas to be prepared for evacuation as soon as the water level increases to 11.0m calibrated on the scale of measurement.

He urged them to listen to all warning from the government related to the expected flooding.

In 2012, flood in Kogi State rendered most people homeless, as most buildings were submerged by water.

Washed away property worth billions of Naira were said to be lost during the flooding.

Flood Disaster: NIMET Assures Nigerians Of Safety

NIMETThe Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), has assured Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm as it steps up surveillance to forestall flood disasters.

The Director-General of NIMET, Dr Anthony Anuforom, said that an alert by the National Security Adviser prompted the speedy establishment of a team of experts from NIMET, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency to scale up operations.

The NIMET Chief noted that although there are warnings of possible flood this year, especially in some northwestern states, the country is more prepared than before to tackle any flood disaster to prevent loss of lives and property.

Flood Alert: Delta Deputy Governor Warns Residents

FloodResidents living around the coastal line in Delta State have been warned to relocate, to avoid being enveloped by the impending flood.

This warning is coming from the Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, who was reacting to the Federal Government flood alert that coastal states would witness flooding as a result of the gradual release of excess water from Lagdo dam in Cameroon.

Mr Otuaro said that the relocation was necessary to avoid recording high level of casualty when the flood sets in, emphasizing that the state was able to evacuate people to internally displaced person’s camps in 2012 because they yielded to the timely warning by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET.

The Deputy Governor expressed worry with the way some people erect structures on waterways and canals, thereby blocking the waters from flowing into its route.

He advised owners of public and private buildings to embark on clearing of their surroundings and gutters as a deliberate effort to promote good health.

The Deputy Governor equally called on traditional rulers and opinion leaders to assist government to enlighten their people about the impending flood and the need to keep their environment clean to avoid outbreak of diseases like malaria and cholera.

He said that government was committed to the fight against environmental degradation and anything capable of exposing the state to environmental hazard.

Proposed Merger Of Aviation Agencies Will Not Work – Aviation Expert

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The National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Benjamin Okewu, says the proposed merger of three different aviation parastatals into a single entity by the Federal Government will not work.

He explained that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is purely a regulator, while Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is a service provider that provides navigational services that will ensure that aircraft in the air are separated to prevent accident and Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) provides services for the maritime, construction, agriculture, environment and other sectors of the economy.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Mr Okewu said NCAA was still struggling with political interferences and that merging them with service provider would water the regulatory responsibility bestowed on it.

He emphasised that all over the world, nations that combine their regulatory agencies with one or two service aviation industry do so because most of them have small airports. “Nigeria has large airports and should not concern itself with merging agencies,” he stressed.