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2022 October flood: Government must create a system to mitigate flood in 2023



By Wilson Adekumola

Flood has been part of Nigeria’s rainy season, the 2022 Nigeria flood was disastrous. The 2022 flooding in Nigeria is regarded as one of the country’s most severe flooding since 2012 as it affected all parts of the country.

Federal Government Data revealed that the floods displaced over 1.3 million people and killed over 603 people, injuring more than 2,400 persons. About 82,035 houses have been reportedly damaged and 332,327 hectares of land also affected.

On September 7, 2022, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) announced that its seasonal flood outlook for the year indicates that 32 states of the federation and the federal capital territory (FCT) fall within highly probable flood risk area.

Two weeks later, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) declared that excess water from Lagdo dam in Cameroon would cause heavy flooding in 13 of the already affected states.

The states listed to be affected  include; Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Delta, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers and Taraba.In a statement issue on Friday, October 21, 2022, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said the number of affected states increased to 34.

Government must make concerted efforts to create a system that will mitigate flood or curtail the effect of the flood on citizens before the commencement of rainy season in 2023 to avoid recurrence.

The flood which had affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country still kept many in a depressed mood.

The impacts were felt by many, those who had their houses close to canal were the worst hit. Uncontrolled and indiscriminate dumping of refuse to the canal were reportedly said to have contributed to the flood as the drainage systems were totally blocked.

As a result, two houses, one was located at Ibitoye Street, Off Wasiu Olaofe Road and the second one was at Wasiu Olaofe Road (formally Agric Road,), New Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos, had been consequently demolished as the October flood that ravaged Lagos submerged them and sacked the tenants.

Lamenting the agony faced during the flood, Mrs. Esther Oluwabukande Ajao, resident, 14b, Elemide Adesina Street, Off Wasiu Olaofe Road, New Oko-oba, Agege, who was a victim of the flood, said, “It was not a good experience. On that fateful day, I was sleeping in my room when the incident happened. I saw water in my room and I decided to open the door but what I found was terrifying, flood had already occupied the entire house.

“I was confused at first, I was thinking I hadmade mistake by opening the door, I later noticed that the flood had already overwhelmed the whole street.

“It was my co-tenant that came to my rescue, my husband and the children were not at home, I was the only one in my apartment that day. It was a bad experience that I cannot even pray for my enemy to have.

“I have never experienced such for over four years that I had been staying in that house. It was the very first time such thing happened and it was just like a dream. I can’t quantify my loss but I thank God for his mercy.

“But my co-tenants and some houses in the street were not that lucky. They lost so many things worth millions of naira to the flood. I just thank God that it was not in the night. It could have been disastrous for us because it would have been difficult to move with the kids.”

She explained that Lagos State Government who visited the affected area through its physical planning ministry gave those living in the affected house 48 hours ultimatum to vacate the house and move to a safe environment but it took her almost a month before she could get another apartment due to financial constraint and rigorous activities in getting a new house.

She disclosed that her landlord who did not stay in the house but came to sympathise with them during the incident refunded her rent she had just renewed before the flood.

On why they were given 48 hours to vacate the house, she said, “I think the reason government asked us to leave was because of our own safety. It is the government responsibility to protect life and property. Government might have discovered that the building was not actually in a good location.

“The house is just few meters away from the canal that channels waterways  from Agbado, Ogun State, through Abattoir.

“So, when the directive was given we had to obey. It was not easy because it was an impromptu arrangement. We are the ones that bore the brunt not the landlord because he was not staying in the house.

“I would not know if government later visited the house after we left. I cannot say if the house has been demolished.”

She spoke further that she wants government to still compensate them noting that flood is a natural disaster that can happen to anyone without notice adding that they do not want to quantify their loss, “I will want government to support us especially my other co-tenants that lost most of their property during the flood.

“We thank God that we are alive but then government can still compensate us for the loss in terms of cash support. It was a natural disaster that we did not envisage it. Nobody prepared for it.”

She then implored government to look into flooding and come up with solutions to minimize its impact on citizens before the incoming rainy season.


Burna Boy legendary – Joeboy




Popular singer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donus, popularly known as Joeboy, has claimed his Grammy-winning colleague, Burna Boy, has attained legendary status in the music industry.

He made the remarks following Burna Boy’s latest groundbreaking achievement.

Burna Boy recently made history as the first African artist to sell out the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.

He sold out the iconic venue back-to-back; on Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25.

Reacting via his X handle, Joeboy wrote; “Burna boy is on some legendary doings.”

Meanwhile, Asake is also set to sell out the same venue in his upcoming Canadian tour.


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Flooding: SEMA, others embark on early sensitization, warning of flood prone Anambra communities



ANAMBRA State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in conjunction with the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, International Organization for Migration, IOM, and Anambra State Executive Council, ANSEC has embarked on early warning sensitization visit to flood prone communities in the state.

The flood prone communities visited include Ayamelum, Awka North, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ogbaru and Ihiala Local Government Areas, LGAs.

The Executive Secretary, SEMA, Paul Odenigbo while speaking on the visit urged the affected communities to prepare, “as this year’s flood would be slightly above normal as predicted by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and Nigeria Hydrological Agency, NIHSA.’’

He explained that the essence of the early sensitization visit was to make sure people and communities were not caught unawares when the flood rose.

The Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South East Zone, Ngozi Echeazu represented by Mr. Kingsley Okolo called on town planning authorities of the LGAs visited to ensure that people abide by all the flood precautionary measures when building houses.

The Chairman of Anambra West LGA, Mr. Felix Ikeji, commended the delegation for their timely sensitization and promised to ensure that the message of early flood preparation gets to the grassroots.

Blessings Okafor of Anambra State Erosion, Watersheds and Climate Change Agency, ANSEWCCA, advised the people of the flood prone areas to develop the habit of planting trees to check the menacing movement of flood waters.

A representative of International Organization for Migration, IOM, Mr. Samuel Hezekiah cautioned residents of the areas against dumping of refuse inside drainage and water channels.

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NGO building an army of grassroots climate solution actors in Kaduna



An NGO, Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), says it is building an army of grassroots climate solution actors in Kaduna State to strengthen local solutions to the global climate crisis.

WISE Founder and Programme Director, Mrs Olanike Olugboji-Daramola, made this known to the Newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.

Olugboji-Daramola said the climate solutions actors would be trained and empowered under the 2023 to 2024 Women Earth Alliance (WEA)-WISE Nigeria COVID-19 and Climate Resilience Programme.

She said that 30 grassroots climate solution actors would be trained in addition to the 30 earlier trained in 2022.

She said that the programme was open to leaders of women and youth organisations and groups, interested in working for renewable energy access, health, and climate resilience.

She also said that the programme was open to women and youths groups interested in profitable and scalable green micro enterprise and environmental sustainability in their communities.

“We welcome climate solutions advocates, influencers, champions, organisers and entrepreneurs who want to become climate solution actors.

“We equally want entrepreneurs, advocates and ambassadors in the areas of tree planting and growing, clean cooking technologies, renewable energy products distribution and sales,” she said.

The founder and programme director said that the selected participants would be equipped with a series of training on Green Microenterprise Development and related support.

She said that the participants would be committed to specific activities during and beyond the training period in four phases – preparation, training, follow-ups, and Implementation.

She added that the training team would provide follow-up support for each participant, as well as linkages to allied resources.

Olugboji-Daramola said that 30 grassroots women had undergone similar training in 2022 under the two-year programme funded by WEA, a United States-based NGO.

She said that WEA provides leadership, strategy, and technical training for women leaders to scale their climate and environmental initiatives and connects them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders.

“The COVID-19 and Climate Resilience Programme, which began in March 2022, was designed to build the capacities of 60 women in social entrepreneurship and reusable energy within two years.

“The goal of the programme is to develop the capacity and improve income of women and youth groups while addressing climate change issues in their communities.

“This is through profitable and scalable green micro-enterprises as an action in finding solutions to climate issues,” she said.

She added that the second goal was to ensure that communities were better informed about women-led climate solutions.

This, according to her, will equip women with the needed information, knowledge and skills that will put them at the frontline of addressing environmental challenges and climate issues.

The founder said that the expectation at the end of the project was that 60 women would be generating profit through sale of at least 3,600 clean energy cookstoves and charcoal briquettes.

She added that 3,000 native trees would have been planted in two neglected public spaces and three degraded sites by the end of the project, with at least 90 per cent survival after a year of planting.

“The programme is also expected to reach 3,500 residents with information on women-led climate solutions through awareness campaigns,” she said.

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