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Management of Power Coy Alerts Nigerian Communities on Impending Flood

The Management of North South Power Company Limited (NSP) on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, warned of an impending risk of flood in communities around the Shiroro Hydro-Electric Power Plant in Niger State, North Central Nigeria of an impending flood.

The Vice-Chairman of NSP, Mr Olubumi Peters, gave the alert during the annual stakeholder’s flood sensitisation forum.

Represented by Mr Abdullahi Hassan, Consultant on Corporate Social Responsibility to NSP, added that the communities were those living in the upstream and downstream of NSP.

“The forum will try and come up with possible ways to reduce the devastating damages to lives and property, stakeholders are to identify most effective remedies to flooding,” he said.

He appealed to the Federal Government to hasten the implementation of the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan to provide more resilience and effective response measures to mitigate the impact of flooding.

The Chief Operating Officer of NSP, Mr Ugochukwu Chioke, while answering questions from host communities, said the company alerts communities before spilling water from its reservoir.

“Before we release water, we do send out letters, hold meetings and daily public announcements on radio and television stations and then sound warning to the communities.
“We do this to enable people living around river banks to vacate the area and we give them time to vacate river banks before releasing water,” he said.
Chioke, however, said that 52 percent of the workforce in NSP were from Niger state, adding that the company would continue to execute meaningful projects in host communities as its corporate social responsibility.

Also speaking, Director-General of Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet) Prof. Mansur Matazu, said that there would be more violent convective activities due to high temperatures resulting in occasional downpours.

Matazu, represented by state NiMet Inspector in Niger Mr Pwajok Gyang, said that settlements downstream and upstream of the Kaduna River basin are likely going to be affected.

He called on relevant disaster management agencies to take necessary steps to reduce to the barest minimum the negative effects of floods.


Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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