Despite a record of 600 deaths and over 2.5 million displaced by the recent flooding in Nigeria, Suleiman Adamu, the minister of water resources, says the federal government has effectively managed the situation.
Adamu stated this on Thursday, October 20, while speaking on ChannelsTV.
According to him, the flooding, which is currently ravaging over 31 states, has not reached the level of being declared a national emergency.
“It is certainly an emergency situation, but it depends on what you call a state of emergency,’” Adamu said.
“We have not reached a situation, in my view, where the relevant emergency management authorities are not being able to deal with this situation. I’m not aware that has happened.
“I’m sure if the situation was beyond our capacity, certainly a state of emergency, whatever that may encompass, would have been declared in the country,” he added.
The Minister had blamed the floods on increased rainfall and not the release of water from Lagdo dam as reported by a section of the media.
Adamu further said that there is no agreement between Cameroon and Nigeria as to the construction of a dam to mop-up excess water released from Lagdo.