Mr Ladein Omiebi, Chairman, Flood Management Committee, Patani Local Government Area, Delta State has called on the Federal Government to carry out a proper dredging of the River Niger to prevent recurring flood disasters.
Omiebi made the call on Tuesday in Patani, Delta State.
According to him, proper dredging of the Rivers Niger and Benue will increase the capacity of the rivers to accomodate more water hence, reducing the frequency of the river flooding.
He said that members of communities also have critical roles to play by keeping the water channels free of waste and anything that would cause blockage of the water channels.
“I will suggest the Federal Government should dredge the river Niger properly, that would take care of the waters from overflowing because this is just river flood.
“That would be one of the major solutions to this recurring flooding that has caused great disasters and has led to massive displacements and deaths across several states in the country.
“On our parts, we have our way of assisting the government, we are not keeping to environmental laws and by improper ways of waste disposal, canals are being blocked.
“By the time we abide by environmental laws some of these problems will not arise,” Omiebi said.
Omiebi also called on those living in flood prone areas to always heed to early warnings of relocating to higher grounds to mitigate their losses and most importantly, avoid any case of death.
He said that following the early warnings from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Local Government Council also engaged in sensitisation and resettled of members of Patani Community to higher grounds.
The Chairman pointed out that although some people heeded to the warning and relocated, others have remained in their homes waiting for the worse to happen.
Omiebi said that the Local Government was still engaging in vigorous enlightenment considering the health hazard and risk those in the communities are exposed to.
He said that there have been reported cases of reptiles in some of the houses and malaria as a result of stagnant waters and broken sewages.
He further explained that some people have remained in their homes for the fear of losing their property to vandals, which was the case after the 2012 flooding.
Mrs Esther Edeghe, a retired Civil servant, also called on the government to do its best in preventing the reoccurrence of the flood.
“Since this is river flooding, it can actually be mitigated if our rivers and oceans were constantly dredged.
“Our rivers are not deep enough that is why when there is continuous rainfall, we suffer from serious flooding, especially we in the riverine communities.
“The situation is critical as many of us lost property in 2012 and now we are losing more property again.
“Even if we relocate to higher grounds, how many of our things can we pack? All we need is a permanent solution,” Edeghe said.
Edeghe also said that relief items should be extended to them that have remained in the communities explaining that she and her family have not relocated because the camp condition was not any better.
She said that they that have remained in communities are also in need of food and non food items relief.
10 out of the 20 LGAs in Delta state have been affected by the flood and 42,000 people currently displaced in the state.
IATA Inaugurates Turbulence Aware Data Resource To Forecast Turbulence
The ability of airlines to forecast and avoid turbulence would now be greatly enhanced as the International Air Transport Association, IATA, has inaugurated a turbulence aware data resource.
IATA said the system would pool and share turbulence date generated by participating airlines. The global body for airlines said before now, airlines had to depend on reports and weather advisories from pilots to offset the impact of turbulence.
IATA says the result would be the first global, real-time, detailed and objective information for pilots and operation’ professionals to manage turbulence.
It is expected that airlines operating in Nigeria would participate and benefit from this new system.
Oil Price Stability Buoys Nigeria’s Budget Benchmark
Nigerian budget benchmark appears buoyed by oil price stability as a result of cuts in production levels to which OPEC members have agreed.
The benchmark of sixty dollars was eroded by sustained drops in price. The high for the year was eighty-six dollars which dropped to about fifty-eight dollars last week.
It rebounded to sixty-two dollars per barrel last week, just as the federal executive council was to hold an emergency meeting on how the price drops would affect the Nigerian budget.
Opec countries had agreed to reduce daily production by eight hundred thousand barrels, while non-OPEC members decided to reduce production by four hundred thousand barrels per day.
CBN And MTN Plan To Settle $8b Rift Out Of Court
It seems as though the Central Bank of Nigeria and telco giant, MTN, are trying to find ways of resolving the $8 billion rift between them. One of MTN’s lawyers is quoted as saying they are making moves toward an out-of-court settlement.
Meanwhile, counsels for both parties have secured another adjournment until late January.
Another $2 billion case involving MTN and the Nigerian attorney general’s office was adjourned as well last week until early January. This case is related to alleged back taxes owed by MTN. The telco giant has denied it owed the taxes.
The $8 billion case was a result of a charge against MTN for allegedly violating Nigeria’s extant laws. In August, Central Bank of Nigeria sanctioned MTN Nigeria for allegedly using irregular certificates of capital importation to transfer $8.1 billion to South Africa on behalf of its offshore investors.
MTN is being asked to return the $8.1 billion to Nigeria.
Mtn group’s Nigerian operations account for one-third of its entire African market share.
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