The Chairman of ECTDA, Dr Josef Onoh, disclosed this on Sunday in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu.
Retired Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed, the Director-General of the agency, disclosed this at the 2020 Flood After Action Review Technical Meeting organised for stakeholders on Monday in Abuja.
Ojo, who gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Oye-Ekiti, said that building on waterways could affect the free flow of water and cause flooding.
They made the call in an interview with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
Daini made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ikorodu, as clearing and dredging of canals was carried out in the council development area.
The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye and the Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu, said necessary support would be given to groups and agencies in the state to prevent flooding and its attendant loss of lives and property.
Sanusi Ado, the Coordinator of the Agency in charge of Kano Territorial Office, made the disclosure at a stakeholders meeting on 2020 Flood Awareness Campaign and Implication of Seasonal Rainfall Prediction held on Wednesday in Kano.
The governor gave the order when he visited the victims of the flood that occurred in Suleja, where no fewer than 13 persons lost their lives, seven injured and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed as a result of a heavy rainfall in some parts of Niger.
Giving the directive while leading a high powered team of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources that included the Special Adviser on Drainages, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, and Permanent Secretary, Lekan Shodeinde, on an inspection of ongoing drainage projects, the Commissioner, Tunji Bello, said though the gates were erected by residents to prevent encroachment, they are hindering the immediate evacuation of refuse and silts and would be fixed after the evacuation.
The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, has urged residents of Lagos State to prepare for likely consequences of 240 days to 270 days rain with the 2020 rainfall predicted to begin in March 19 and end November 22.
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday alerted residents that the state will witness a near normal rainfall of between 240 to 270 days this year.
The Ekiti State government is to spend the sum N334 million to dredge waterways to prevent reoccurrence of flooding that ravaged some areas in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, and other towns during this year’s raining season.
The Ekiti State Government has distributed relief materials worth several millions of naira to students of the Ekiti State University, whose off campus hostels were affected by flooding occasioned by the heavy rainfall last weekend.
Some residents of Eti-Osa in Lagos State on Saturday urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to address perennial cases of flood in the area, to enable them to sleep with their eyes closed in the rainy season.
The President, Nigerian Meteorological Society, Prof. Clement Akoshile, on Thursday, cautioned Nigerians not to block drainage channels or building on water right of ways to avoid flooding.
The Bayelsa State Government has directed the immediate closure of all schools in the state as a precautionary measure to avoid loss of lives in the current flooding in the state.
The authorities had predicted the flooding, saying Kogi State should be prepared for the worst along with three others
The National Youth Service Corps has said that there was no cause for alarm over the safety of corps members posted to serve in the areas affected by flooding in Anambra.
The Katsina State Emergency Management Agency said it had registered 731 victims of flood in Baure Local Government Area of the state.
Ahmed Mabudi, the Acting Director-General of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, said the rumour making rounds about the release of water from the Lagbo Dam by Cameroonian authorities was untrue.