10 November 2012

Nigeria: Hydrogeologists Blame Flooding On Dearth of, Obsolete Equipment

The Nigeria Association of Hydrogeologists [NAH] Friday attributed the recent flood that ravaged many states of the federation and the serious consequences to insufficient and obsolete nature and in most instances, total absence of monitoring stations in the various hydrologic zones of the country.

It also decried the low premium placed on training, retraining and research of professionals in the hydrological sector, calling on the need for maintenance of long-term meteorological, hydrological and geological data on Nigerian hydrological systems.

In a communiqué jointly signed by Dr. Abubakar Illiya and Dr. E. A. Bala, National President and Secretary-General respectively of the association and made available to newsmen in Benin City, they recommended an integrated approach to study of the effect of flood vulnerability in the country including all relevant organisations involved in flood management.

They declared their full support of the construction of the proposed Dasin-Hausa buffer dam and further stressed the need to build synergy amongst the various governmental, educational and research institutions in focusing efforts of predictive, and mitigating strategies in averting future flood disaster and challenges associated with impact of climate change

In the communiqué, NAH further emphasised the need to undertake a post flood environmental impact assessment of the areas inundated by flood with a view to carrying out a survey of all the submerged boreholes with the aim of carrying out rehabilitation and cleaning.

The five-day annual conference which was declared open by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State was with theme: "Sustainable Water Resources Management, a Veritable Tool to Socio-economic Growth" also recommended the construction of structures for irrigation and the use of excess run-off water for inter-basin transfer as an alternative to absorb excess water from the Cameroons.

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