The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has allayed fears of Nigerians over the release of the excess water from Lagdo dam, located on River Benue in the Republic of Cameroon.
In a statement, the Agency says it is working with critical stakeholders at the Federal, States and Local Governments to ensure that the release of the water do not cause much negative impacts on the low-lying communities along the states that would be affected.
According to the statement, the states on the downstream of River Benue are Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States.
The Agency explains that it envisages the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam and has taken note of the likely impacts and considered in the preparations for mitigation and response to the 2023 flood alert.
It says information available from the flow level of River Benue at Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency, NIHSA gauging station in Makurdi stood at 8.97 meters as of August 25 this year, compared to 8.80 meters on the same date in 2022.
In contrast, NIHSA has also provided that the flow level of the River Niger system, specifically at Niamey, Niger Republic, remains stable at a normal level of 4.30 meters.
Similarly, inland dams including Kainji, Jebba, and Shiroro reported consistent flow regimes.
The statement further says with regards to the hydrological station downstream the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers in Lokoja, Kogi State, are currently within normal limits.
The downstream monitoring station, however, registered a flow level of 7.80 meters on August 25th, 2023, compared to 8.24 meters on the same date in 2022.