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BLOCKAGE OF WATER CHANNELS IDENTIFIED AS PART OF CAUSES OF FLOODING, AS NDDC SEEKS PARTNERSHIP FOR MITIGATION

DR. OGBUKU

BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU FRCN, PORT HARCOURT

Oil exploration, Blockage of water Channels and poor drainage system have been Identified as part of the major causes of flooding in Niger Delta Region. 

Those were the views of participants  at  a One Day workshop on the Implementation  of Flood Disaster Emergency Response Strategy Across Niger Delta Region, put up by Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, in Port Harcourt Rivers State. 

The disastrous effects of flash flooding in Niger Delta region have been huge over the years. 

From left, EDP ANTAI, OBAFEMI AND MD, OGBUKU

Precisely, the twenty twelve, twenty eighteen and twenty twenty two flooding, left part of the region in sorry state. 

Schools were shut, a section of East West Road was cut off, farm lands and buildings were submerged, leading to displacement of residents and even reported loss of lives. 

To guard against reoccurance of  similar incidents, Niger Delta Development Commission   NDDC, organized a one day workshop to examine implementation of emergency procedures and preventive measures. 

Prof. Obafemi

The keynote speaker at the occasion, former National  President, Nigerian Catographic Association, Professor Andrew Obafemi who described flood as one of the most devastating issues in the world, noted that Niger Delta region has  always been the worst hit due to the topography of the region. 

Professor Obafemi who said that coastal location  of Niger Delta region exposed  it to perennial flooding, emphasized paying critical attention to early warning signs. 

Participants

On his part, Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku who identified blockage of water Channels while putting up structures as  well as indiscriminate disposal of wastes as part of the contributing factors to flooding. 

Dr. Ogbuku who called for partnership with stakeholders told the participants that NDDC was building emergency shelters at flood prone areas in Niger Delta region.

Participants

In the same vein the Director Environmental Protection and Control NDDC, Mr. Onuoha Obeka who was emphatic on collaboration to mitigate against flood disaster, stressed on the community engagement to educate rural dwellers about the dangers of flood. 

Other participants at the event from Environment related agencies and state government appreciated NDDC for the initiative insisting on the need for proactive  action against flood disaster in the region. 

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