The Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) has met with stakeholders in Kebbi to evolve measures to reduce the effects of floods in 14 flood- prone local government areas.
The HYPPADEC Managing Director, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq-Yelwa, said that the meeting would also look at communities that have suffered flooding in the past five years.
He said this at the 2023 stakeholders’ meeting on flood mitigation and other related issues in the state in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.
“We want to know what causes the floods and what we can do to mitigate the frequent occurrences.
“We have identified with the role played by stakeholders, hence we will do all it takes to reduce the hardships faced by the communities in the state,” he said.
Sadiq-Yelwa added that the commission realised that most of the problems of the flood could be managed by the communities themselves.
He said this was through awareness campaigns on the dangers of floods and measures to be taken on early warning of possible flood in the state.
He notet that the HYPPADEC was prepared to intervene in communities with serious ecological and drainage issues, adding that it was, however, hampered by resources at its disposal.
“But one commitment I want to make here and now is, we are prepared to partner with any Local Government that has a budget for the control of erosion, flood and drainages.
“When we check the design and the bills and we are satisfied, we are prepared to finance such projects by 60 per cent but they must contribute their 40 per cent down.
“Once they are able to do that we are prepared to pay 60 per cent on behalf of the commission so that our communities will feel the impact of our presence and we also feel the impact of the partnership between the Local Government and HYPPADEC”, the MD said.
Earlier, the Head of Sokoto Operations Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Aliyu Kafindangi, said the agency had commenced activities based on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s 2023 prediction of possible flood in the 14 local government flood-prone areas.
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