The National Emergency Management Agency says the flood in some parts of the country has threatened food security in the country.
NEMA added that the huge crops lost to flooding had put the nation’s food security under threat.
The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed, said this on Wednesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during an advocacy visit to the state
The NEMA DG, who was represented by Air Commodore Edward Adedokun, made a reference to the recent flooding in Kebbi and Jigawa states, adding that the agency had yet to quantify property lost to the flooding in the county.
NEMA DG said, It is a great loss to the country. I was in Kebbi about two weeks back; farms were submerged. That means the bulk of rice expected to boost the national food security is gone.”
The NEMA DG said in Ogun State, the high probable risk local government areas were Abeokuta South, Ogun Waterside and Ijebu East, while the probable flood areas are Ewekoro, Abeokuta North, Odeda and Ifo LGAs.
In the same vein NEMA on Wednesday bemoaned the ill effect of flooding on the farming potential of Ekiti State.
The NEMA Assistant Director, Planning, Research and Forecasting, Mr Olatunde Ajiboye, who represented Muhammed spoke during an advocacy visit to Ekiti State and a stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti.