The Presidential Flood Committee, on Monday, announced that Nigeria would need about N3.4tn to tackle flood disasters across the country, particularly during the rainy season.
Chairman of the committee, who doubles as Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, announced this during a press briefing in Abuja while presenting the recommendations of the committee as contained in a report put together by his team.
The committee, which was established by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), also recommended the establishment of an 18-man National Flood Management Council, to be chaired by the Vice President of Nigeria.
Adamu stated that part of the recommendations to the Federal Government was that an estimated cost of N3.4tn was needed for implementing the proposed 10 strategies contained in the report. He said the council was necessary because there had not been anyone that was set up to address the flood disasters across the country.
“This council is expected to carry out functions that would mitigate against any level of flood disaster, and some of these functions include advising the President on issues about the declaration of a state of emergency based on flood categorisation,” he stated.