Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has accused state and local governments of ignoring its earlier prediction of heavy rainfall and massive flood.
The agency director general, Professor Sani Mashi, said the state and local governments failed to take precautionary measures despite NIMET’s alert to mitigate the harsh effects of the predicted flood.
For instance, Mashi also recalled that those living in the flood plains are expected to have vacated their homes before the rain sets in.
Because the state and local governments failed to heed NIMET’s warning, he said the Presidency was saddled with the responsibilities of coping with the challenges of the massive flooding recorded in most parts of the country.
He said, “There is so much expectation on the Federal Government, even though we are operating a federal system where we have three tiers of government.
“Despite that, the obligation and expectation of the Federal Government is much higher than it can bear.
“We predicted that we were going to receive higher than normal rainfall within certain period and there was going to be flood in different parts of the country.
“We advised that in communities that are flood-prone, contingency measures should be taken so that, if flood occurs, at least the impact will be minimised.
“We encouraged people to move away for a certain period because of the raining season (three or four months at most).
“Before the rain starts, take certain measures; for instance, ensure that access rights of way of the flooding, in terms of drainages, are not obstructed.
“So the expectation is that the local communities at State and local government levels should be up and doing.
“Probably, they were waiting for the Federal Government, because the level of preparedness was very low like it happened in Niger.’’