The federal ministry of water resources is currently working toward the construction of about two dams due to the recent flooding in Nigeria that has so far killed 603 Nigerians, with 2,504 people affected.
Recent flooding in Nigeria has become an “overwhelming” disaster, as many states were ravaged which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties.
A report by the federal government disclosed that 1,302,589 people were displaced; 2,407 people were injured; 603 people were killed; 121,318 houses were partially damaged; 82,053 houses were damaged; 108,392 farmlands were partially damaged and 332,327 farmlands were damaged.
This was disclosed by the Minister, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, during a press briefing in Abuja.
The minister further disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Water Resources is mapping out plans towards the construction of about two dams, adding that the building of these dams is quite expensive and takes a longer period of time, hence can’t be completed within a short period.
She also noted that state governors met with the president who directed that all the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) should work with sub-national governments with a view to curb the effects of the flood.
“Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development are concerned that despite all our efforts of averting the consequence of the 2022 flooding season, unfortunately, we have recorded the loss of over 500 lives, partial or total damage of more than 90,000 houses, damage of more than 140,000 hectares of farmland. So many roads and other critical infrastructures were also affected”, she added.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had earlier stated that the increase in rainfall and the release of excess water from a dam in neighboring Cameroon was what contributed to the recent flooding in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that on October 13, 2022, Investors King reported that businesses in Nigeria lost more than 1 trillion Naira in two weeks.
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Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024
Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.
This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.
Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.
These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.
Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.
The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.
Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.
The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.
This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.
President Bola Tinubu to Inaugurate Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29
President Bola Tinubu is slated to inaugurate the long-awaited Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29, according to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The disclosure came during the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Stakeholders’ Forum 2024, held in Lagos.
The Red Line, a pivotal component of the state’s integrated mass transit system, stretches from Agbado in Ogun State to Oyingbo in Lagos Mainland.
The project aims to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion in Lagos, offering commuters a faster and more efficient mode of transportation.
Governor Sanwo-Olu highlighted the state’s commitment to addressing traffic challenges and emphasized the importance of the Lagos State Parking Policy in regulating parking across the metropolis.
The policy established the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA), tasked with implementing innovative parking solutions.
He underscored the collaboration between the state government and local authorities, recognizing the strategic partnership with the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in parking regulation efforts.
The forthcoming inauguration marks a significant milestone in Lagos’ transportation infrastructure, promising improved mobility and reduced commute times for millions of residents.
With President Tinubu set to officiate the event, anticipation is high as the city prepares for this transformative development in its public transportation landscape.
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