Use technology to control floods, NSE tells FG

The Nigerian Society of Engineers has expressed concern over the failure of the government to deploy adequate technology to prevent the recurrence of floods ravaging several parts of the country.

In a communique issued at the end of a 3-day national engineering conference and annual general meeting held in Abuja recently, the society noted that technological innovation could have prevented the recent flood that has affected over 3.2 million people and displaced over 1.4 million.

It also charged the government to take proactive steps to mitigate the effects of the disaster.

The president of the society, Tasiu Gidari-Wudil said this method will reduce the impact of the flooding on the people and ensure they are not abandoned.

He said, “The society has noticed limited investment and transparency in the development and deployment of technologies and innovations as well as the requisite human capital development to intervene and mitigate the recurrence of annual flooding especially in prone areas is majorly responsible for the annual disaster bedevilling the nation.

He called for proactive measures at all levels of government and other stakeholders supported by effective enforcement of the best practices including communication and digital technologies for flood control.

According to the president, matters of internal security should move to the concurrent legislative list, which will address local insecurity challenges.

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