A division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers (NIEE) has called on the Federal Government to implement recommendations submitted by experts to avert a repeat of the heavy flooding witnessed in 2022.
NIEE also called on states to adopt measures that would support the efforts of the Federal Government to safeguard lives and property.
The National Chairman of the institution, Mr Sesan Odukoya, who made the call in an interview in Lagos, said the NSE, in 2022, assembled all its divisions to proffer solutions to the flood disaster witnessed in the country.
Odukoya noted that the team of professionals, of which he was a member, made recommendations to the federal government, urging the government to protect shorelines, dredge River Niger and Benue and construct some dams on the corridor, build protection barriers and drains, among others.
In light of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency’s predictions of significant rainfall for 2023, he cautioned that early action was crucial.
Odukoya advised federal and state governments to limit infrastructure provision along flood plains, to discourage people from purchasing land and settling in such areas.
Story was adapted from Enviro News