The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East and Central African Division, Abuja have informed National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of the Cameroonian officials plan to open the Lagdo Dam on the Benue River in days ahead due to heavy rainfall.
The Lagdo Dam is situated around the catchment area in Northern Cameroon.
Umar Z. Salisu ,Director, African Affairs disclosed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a note verbale from the high commission of the Republic of Cameroon which states that the authorities of the Lagdo Dam will be releasing only modulated variable small amount of water at a time in order to mitigate and avoid damages that the released water may cause along the river Benue basin in both Cameroon and Nigeria.
In the light of this, the Director, African Affairs has written to inform the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the entire populace to take proactive steps in order to prevent costly damages.
” It would be appreciated if the esteemed Agency takes all the necessary proactive steps and actions that will mitigate the damage as well as sensitize the populace living in such areas for vigilance and all necessary precautions” He wrote.