Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Nimet's 2013 Predictions - ANPP Urges FG to Be Proactive

Abuja — NIGERIAN Meteorological Agency last weekend in Abuja gave its prediction on rainfall as it told the general public to expect more rainfall in 2013, compared to the 2012 devastating one that wreaked havoc across the country.

Consequently, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, yesterday in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Emma Eneukwu, said the party was concerned about the predictions which had been made by NIMET, and wanted the government to avoid what happened in 2012.

Enukwu said: "The attention of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, has been drawn to media reports about the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET's 2013 rainfall prediction, which it presented to the public over the weekend in Abuja.

"According to the agency's Director General, Dr Anthony Anuforom, this year's rainfall pattern would not be different from what the country witnessed last year.

"He specifically mentioned that the annual rainfall amount is expected to be above normal in comparison to 2012 in the northern areas of Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Zamfara states and environs.

"Fresh in our memory is last year's unrelenting and havoc-wrecking floods in several parts of the nation, and the fact that experts averred that we suffered more gruesome impacts because the government did not react to early warnings in good time.

"In all, the flooding emergencies were more destructive because the government's response was only reactive and neither visionary nor proactive."

The statement also noted the inactive response of the federal government to previous predictions NIMET had made, citing example of the calamity that befell the country as a result of taking the predictions for granted.

"We, therefore, call on the Federal Government to do all in its power to avert a repetition of the flooding disasters that befell our nation last year.

"This is the time to construct more buffer dams as a matter of urgency, and to create a sustainable water disposal infrastructure, not only in the affected states, but in all the states of the Federation as climate change has instituted an unpredictable weather regime.

"As a party, we believe that our dear nation has the human and natural endowments to effectively fight environmental disasters; all that is needed is a visionary leadership," the party added.

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