Kingsley U N Chikwendu —
The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed yesterday at the State House briefing put the blame for the recent flooding that engulfed 30 out of the 36 states on the attitude of some Nigerians.
Casualties were recorded during the flood, including several persons killed and properties like houses and farmlands destroyed. Mohammed said the disregard for town planning by people contributed to the escalation of the floods.
“You see, it’s a human affair, an environmental disaster. And I did not see any country that can prepare adequately, especially when citizens refuse to cooperate, Mohammed said.
“As far back as February, NIMET, warned everybody. People have built across channels. They’ve built on villages, they violated at will the planning regulations. Now disaster comes and you say water resources was not ready, humanitarian affairs was not ready and even information was already”.
The Information Minister also called on people to stop blaming the federal government or the All Progressive Congress APC for the flooding as government is focusing on providing “temporal accommodation to Nigerians who are affected and have no were to go”.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola added warnings issued to residents were not heeded for relocation, ‘despite the alert through the Flood Warning System’, he said.
“At least, let us dimension that whether it was in Pakistan, Florida, this early warnings were issued. Some people left, some people didn’t leave. There are human issues. So let’s just understand, first of all, is a human issue and let us not situate it as a Nigerian problem”.