28 November 2012

Nigeria: Council Urges FG to Channel River Niger Into the Atlantic

To prevent another flood disaster in the country, the National Council on Water Resources (NCWR) has urged the federal government to commence the channelisation of River Niger into the Atlantic Ocean.

The council hinged its suggestion on findings in the aftermath of the recent flood disasters across the country which it blamed on River Niger overflowing its banks because it did not have clear-cut channel to the sea.

A communiqué issued at the end of the council's meeting, yesterday, maintained that the channelisation of the Lower Niger Delta into the Atlantic Ocean would enhance its draining and discharge.

The council, however, urged the federal Ministry of Water Resources to immediately embark on a strategic master plan on river restoration through river draining, dike construction and dredging among others to enhance river flow and protection of valuable agricultural lands.

They further stressed the need to maintain old dams and construct new ones, and added that the instrumentation of the old dams should be updated to conform to modern practices and all new dams must be multi-purpose built to incorporate flood.

The Communiqué also stressed the need for collaboration between the ministry of water resources and ministry of power through the Power Holding Company in the maintenance of Kainji, Shiroro and Jebba dams, and maintained that the collaboration would be in the areas of power generation and flood control through periodic review of the integrity.

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