Flooding: NiMet DG tasks Nigerians on adoption of 2022 Disaster Risk Management by NEMA



Posted by Sade Williams


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has called on individuals, private Organisations as well as policy makers to carefully consider the 2022 Disaster Risk Management presented by by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for proactive decisions and policies that will help avoid losses and strengthen mitigation, adaptation and reduction of risks associated with floods.

Speaking at the public presentation of the Disaster Risk Management; Implications of the 2022 flood predictions by NEMA, Director General, NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, said for the year 2022, the rainfall has already been established in all southern states and most part of the central states in line with the predictions, adding that just a month away, rainfall is expected to have been established across the country.

“The rainfall amount is generally expected to be normal in most places, however, short-duration, high-intensity rainfall that characterised the onset months usually comes along with flash floods due to excess runoffs and disastrous wind gusts. In-season, likely flood occurrences as a result of cumulative rainfall and other factors as highlighted by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) must be taken seriously.”, he said.

According to him, climate is changing and it  is a global reality with local evidences and attendant impacts.

While stressing the essence of early warnings and impact-based predictions, he disclosed that over the last three decades, Nigeria has witnessed tremendous increase in temperature and rainfall amount with increased occurrences of high intensity, short duration thunderstorms which are always accompanied by strong winds and flash floods.

“Climate change discourse is never complete without reference to the oceans as one of the key driers in addition to greenhouse gases. A recent publication by World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), shows greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification are on the increase with harmful and long-lasting ramifications for sustainable development and ecosystems, hence, more extreme weather occurrences.”, he added.

Prof. Matazu noted that the WMO Secretary General, had stressed that extreme weather has the most immediate impact on our daily lives, insisting that Early Warning Systems are critically required for climate adaptation.

While disclosing that NiMet has since the 15th of February 2022, released the Seasonal climate Prediction (SCP) for the year with its attendant socio-economic implications, he said the effort to produce the prediction and release it to the public with sufficient lead-time, is part of NiMet’s Early Warning drives and for stakeholders, policy makers and the entire populace to take advantage of the prediction and advisories for adequate climate smart and weather-wise plans and decisions.

Prof. Matazu used the occasion to intimate the stakeholders of NiMet’s arrays of other Early Warning Products and Services ranging from Marine Bulletin, Hydrometeorological Bulletin, Agrometeorological bulletin, Climate and Health bulletin, High Impact Forecast bulletin, Heavy Rainfall Forecast bulletin to Daily Weather Outlook, among others.

He said these are issued from time to time including regular updates to the Seasonal Climate Predictions.

“Please take advantage of these products and avoid actions that could jeopardise efforts being made by NEMA, NIHSA and NiMet and all actors in averting and managing risks associated with weather and climate and other naturally occurring.”, he added.



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