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Flood kills 29, 34 states declared high-risk areas

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Flood kills 29, 34 states declared high-risk areas
From John Akubo, Lokoja
Flood has killed 29 people in 99 local government areas across 30 states this year, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has disclosed.
The Director-General of the agency, Mr. Moses Oluwatoyin Beckley, said at a “Sensitisation Workshop on 2016 Flood Prediction, Prevention and Mitigation Hydrological Area,” in Lokoja, Kogi State yesterday that 34 states would be affected by flooding in the high-risk flood zones.
According to Beckley, “We categorise it into three: the high-risk areas, the lower risk areas and of course, the least probable.”
The NIHSA chief lamented that despite all the series of alerts by the agency, people are still “stuck to their old ways.”
Beckley explained that while the agency is not canvassing the wholesale jettisoning of culture, the effects of climate change and other contending issues must not be overlooked.
He said that on July 25 this year, NIHSA came out with the annual flood and outlook, taking into consideration the seasonal rainfall position.
Others considerations, Beckley said, were their historical data and the topography, the vegetation, or the ecological zones in the country, as well as the two major rivers and the tributaries in the country and the geomorphology factors too.
“Now we took all these into consideration and also applied two models and the geospatial stream flow model as well as the Soil Water Analysis Tool (SWAT) to come up with what we might experience for the year in terms of flooding,” he said.
He passionately appealed to Nigerians, including those inhabiting flood-prone areas, to allow ‘change to begin with me’ prevail under the circumstance.
The Coordinator of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Kogi State, Tom Eneji Alih said more sensitisation campaign is necessary, particularly in the hinterlands, to avert another flood disaster in other states.
“I want to plead that this programme should equally be taken to the rural areas where more than 99 per cent of the past disaster was experienced; places like Ankle and Ibaji, where lives were lost and property destroyed,” he said.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Salami Ozigi, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Environment, expressed appreciation to the agency for making the state its first point of call, admitting, “as we all know, Kogi State is very prone to flood.”
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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
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SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

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“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

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It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
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The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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