Owerri, 02 November, 2022 / 10:23 am (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria has called upon the Nigerian government at State and Federal levels to exercise “more seriousness and commitment” in addressing the challenge of floods in the West African country.
Floods in Nigeria have negatively impacted 27 of the country’s 36 States since September this year, according to various media reports.
Some of the recent reports have cited official sources saying that over 600 people have lost their lives and more than 1.3 million have been displaced in the Nigeria’s worst floods in over a decade.
In his statement issued Tuesday, November 1, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji urges “relevant authorities and agencies, state and federal” to take action to prevent the devastating effects of floods in Africa’s most populous nation.
“This year's extensive flood has been blamed on the release of excess water from Cameroun's Lagdo Dam in the middle of September this year. The Dasin Hausa Dam in Adamawa State, which was supposed to be a buffer dam to contain excess overflow of water, has remained uncompleted forty years since it was started in 1982,” Archbishop Ugorji says.