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A chartered engineer at Accord Engineering Limited, Benjamin Olamijulo has warned that the ravaging flood in Nigeria, worsened by the opening of the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon would result in more food insecurity if not properly mitigated.
In an interview with Punch Newspaper, extracted by PLATFORM TIMES, Olamijulo noted that the flood has affected the country a great deal.
He noted that the flood has washed off many farmlands and destroyed many farm products, projecting that this would cause more food insecurity in the country.
He said, “Hunger is coming! This is because this is the peak of harvest. All those farmlands that are being swept away by the flood are the little we could have salvaged from the insecurity issues we have had.
“Some of those rice, yam farms are not accessible now. Many of the crops, when they are submerged, are damaged because the flood is deep. By the time the flood dries up, some will have been uprooted. Tomato farms cannot stay submerged for two weeks. Hunger and famine are coming! We just need to brace up for it.”
He further stated that the flood would contaminate rivers and prone the residents to environmental challenges.
He stated, “When we have dead bodies floating from flooded cemeteries, drinking streams will be contaminated. There will be environmental issues, which must now be cleaned up if we don’t want an epidemic.
“As I said, providing relief materials and temporary resettling of displaced people is expensive. I think the expenses of these damages are comparable to the damage that COVID-19 did to Nigeria. It is just that individuals are managing their lives and sorting themselves.
“This is monumental, and I had expected the Federal Government to have declared a state of emergency along the basin.”
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