CONTRARY to reports trending viral on social media, federal government has said Nigeria has no agreement with Cameroon to build a dam that will mitigate flooding when water from Lagdo Dam is released.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, made the clarification in Abuja, during a budget defence session with Senate Committee on Water Resources, yesterday.
Explaining that there is no record of such an agreement, though federal government is liaising with Cameroon on how to mitigate flooding in the two countries, Adamu said Nigeria was not informed before Cameroon released water from Lagdo Dam until 24 hours after.
Adamu also said Lagdo Dam contributes only one per cent to flooding in Nigeria while 80 per cent of the floods in parts of Nigeria arise from ceaseless rainfalls.
It will be recalled that floods have hit parts of Nigeria in the last two months with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), saying that about 2.5 million persons were affected and over 603 persons killed among other losses.