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Flooding: We Can’t Declare Emergency’ – Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu

by Victor Ndubuisi

Suleiman Adamu, the minister of water resources, has stated that the present flooding in the nation’s northeast has not reached a level that requires the declaration of an emergency.

According to, the flood tragedy has left more than 2 million people homeless and over 600 people dead.

Suleiman asserted on Channels TV on Thursday night that the flooding has not yet reached a point where a state of emergency should be declared because the appropriate authorities have not indicated that they are unable to manage the existing situation.

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He continued by saying that a state of emergency would undoubtedly be proclaimed if the situation went beyond what the nation could handle.


In his words: “It is certainly an emergency situation but it depends on what you call a state of emergency. 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.

“We have state federal and government emergency management and local government, I think they have not in any way said that what they have been doing, they are overwhelmed by it. Chades are very small countries and very small territories where people are living. The vast land in Chade is desert, and the effect it will have on people and the level of their preparedness and their ability to cope with the emergency situation is certainly nowhere Nigeria can do.

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“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.”


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