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Leah Sharibu was among the abducted 109 girls of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State. The girls were abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram on February 19, 2018. Leah Sharibu who was aged fifteen at the time of the abduction in March 2018 turn 16 today, Monday. While 104 abducted girls were released to their parents, Leah Sharibu was held back by the captives because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
“Monday, May 14 , 2018, our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu , will be 16 years . If she were here with us , we would have been celebrating her 16 th birthday with her . “She is not with us and all we can do is fast and pray for her as a family and I want to appeal to all Nigerians and other concerned people around the world to help us pray for her safety wherever she is and for her return as well. “President Buhari seemed to have forgotten about Leah but we know God who brought her forth will not forget her . We believe that God is keeping watc…

20% of the Population Will Experience Flood in Nigeria

According to the National Economic Council (NEC), 20 per cent of Nigerians are “at risk from one form of flooding or another .”

The NEC which is made up of 36 stare governors and Minister, FCF, is led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. They held a meeting on Thursday in Abuja, where NEC was briefed by Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, on the “need for collaborative partnership among stakeholders” to tackle the flooding challenge.

From the Office of the Vice President :

*Council urges for more collaborative partnerships between FG, states
The National Economic Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was briefed today at its monthly meeting on the need for collaborative partnerships between the federal and state governments with the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR) for immediate intervention on flood prevention, mitigation and preparedness in the Country.

The presentation made by the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Environment, informed the Council on the imminent onset of this year’s flood season and the need for collaborative partnership among stakeholders.


· The Minister of State for the Environment told the council that the occurrence and magnitude of flood continue to increase in Nigeria due to many factors, among which are excessive prolonged rainfalls, siltation of existing streams, human manipulation of drainage basins, undeveloped drainages, poor urban planning and dam collapse, etc.

· It is estimated that about 20% of the population is at risk from one form of flooding or another, resulting in property damages and loss of lives annually – climate change projections indicate that there may be greater risk of flooding in the years ahead.

· Natural causes of flood are beyond human control, but human manipulation/ human induced situation can either be prevented or at least have their impact mitigated.

· Enormous resources towards flood disaster mitigation have been committed by government at all levels, however the menace continues unabated. There is need for a paradigm shift in the approach to solve the annual negative experience, hence the need for suggestive approaches for an efficient and effective collaboration among stakeholders.


· Short time and sustainable way of de-silting major tributaries and canals ahead of the flooding season – this is relatively inexpensive and executable within a short period of time.

· Need to set up a Federal Project Coordinating Unit comprising officers from the collaborating entities (Federal, States and PCFRR), to be headed by a Director – this is to identify locations for critical actions and realistic cost estimates, and implement the flood prevention, mitigation and preparedness programme, and

· Council to approve a project cost sharing of FG -30%, State Govt – 30%, and PCFRR – 40% on identified projects

The Council welcomed the recommendations.

While the government plans to do what they can do, it is only wise that you begin to clear the drainage system, create water channels if there is none around you. Everybody in flood prone areas must join hands to work in ensuring that they do not become victims.

If nobody is willing, you start a chain reaction or a ripple effect. Start working, start clearing, when you get tired call someone, they have to help. Someone has to do something and if the government fails, you should stand in the gap. 

If however, there is absolutely nothing you can do, pack up and leave, don't stand in the way of water to end up as a flood victim. You have been warned, listen.

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