The Ministry of Foreign Affairs East and Central African Division warns of potential flooding as Cameroon plans to open the Lagdo Dam. NEMA and other agencies must take necessary steps to ensure safety.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Issues Warning
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs East and Central African Division, located in Abuja, has issued a warning to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), other related agencies, and the Nigerian public about a potential flood in the coming days.
This is due to Cameroon’s plan to release water from the Lagdo Dam into the Benue River.
Ambassador Umar Salisu’s Statement
Director of African Affairs, Ambassador Umar Salisu, confirmed that the Republic of Cameroon conveyed its plan to release water from the Lagdo dam due to substantial rainfall in its catchment area.
The disclosure came through a note verbale from the Cameroon High Commission..
Statement by Director of African Affairs on Cameroon’s Floodgate Plan
The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs East and Central African Division said:
Official Notification on Lagdo Dam Water Release
“We’ve received a Note Verbale from the Cameroon High Commission, indicating their intent to open Lagdo Dam flood gates due to heavy rainfall near its catchment in Northern Cameroon.
Upon release, a controlled, minimal water amount will be dispatched to prevent harm along the Benue River basin in Cameroon and Nigeria.
Kindly take proactive steps, inform residents, and ensure precautions against potential damage.”
Call for Proactive Measures
The statement underscores the necessity of taking proactive measures to mitigate damage and raise awareness among residents in the impacted regions.
Vigilance and all necessary precautions must be taken to avoid any unfortunate incidents.
As a responsible agency, NEMA is tasked with securing the safety of residents potentially impacted by the Lagdo Dam water release.
This involves issuing alerts, planning evacuations, and providing suitable accommodations for displaced individuals
This is not the first time that the opening of the Lagdo Dam has caused flooding in Nigeria. Avoiding Recurrence
Previous occurrences have resulted in casualties and property damage.
Preventing their recurrence demands comprehensive actions.
Appeal for Collaboration
For the security and welfare of everyone, collaboration is vital among stakeholders: government, agencies, and the public.
This includes adhering to all warnings and instructions issued by the relevant authorities.
The warning issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs East and Central African Division about the potential flooding due to the release of water from the Lagdo Dam is a serious matter.
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What is the reason for the potential flooding?
The potential flooding is due to Cameroon’s intention to release water from the Lagdo Dam into the Benue River because of heavy rainfall in the dam’s catchment area in Northern Cameroon.
What measures are being taken to mitigate the damage?
The authorities of the Lagbo Dam will be releasing only a modulated variable small amount of water at a time to mitigate and avoid damages along the River Benue basin in both Cameroon and in Nigeria.
What should the general public do?
The general public should adhere to all warnings and instructions issued by the relevant authorities, be vigilant, and take all necessary precautions to avoid any unfortunate incidents.
What is the role of NEMA?
NEMA is responsible for taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the people living in the areas that may be affected by the release of water from the Lagdo Dam. This includes issuing warnings, organizing evacuation plans, and ensuring that there are adequate facilities to accommodate those who may be displaced by the flooding.
Has there been any similar incidents in the past?
Yes, there have been similar incidents in the past where the opening of the Lagdo Dam has caused flooding in Nigeria, leading to loss of lives and properties.