September Rains Now Upon Us


    Above is a photo of Abraham Adesanya estate Ajah in April. April is still early into the rainy season and it already this bad.
    The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) has warned that there will be flooding in different parts of the country in September due to rainfall and other natural disasters.
    The Director-General of the NIHSA, Mr. John Shamonda, said on Wednesday in Abuja that Nigeria was already experiencing flooding along the coastal lines due to rainfall and rise in sea levels.

    Shamonda advised Nigerians not be taken unawares during the month and called for a closer observation of the Benue axis that had been showing signs of increase in flooding.

    Generally, I will say the country is still safe, but we have to be careful because the critical month in Nigeria is known as JAS month for flood issues, which stands for July, August and September. Those three months are the critical months when it comes to flood issues in Nigeria.

    Now, we are just going into September. It is still not yet Uhuru. You will remember that in 2012, the flood disaster came on September 21; so, we are just going into September. We need to continue to monitor the flood situation in Nigeria.

    The best you can do is to monitor. Monitoring is what is necessary. Monitor the atmospheric situation, the rainfall and the surface swell up. That is what we are doing at the NIHSA. That is why we augment what we forecast. You don’t forecast and go and sleep. You still have to monitor because anything can happen, he said.

    Shamonda said the government had taken a proactive measure by constructing dams and he called for sensitisation of local government councils on flooding.

    Our government hardly does what it says, so we are to protect ourselves, ourselves. We have also failed to support government’s words by taking actions to secure our environment. Now that September is here, we pray Mother Nature for mercy.