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FG urged to run forensic audit on flood areas

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By Akintola Timothy

Forensic analysis to help determine damages caused by human activities.

Over the last few months, the challenge of flooding that affected numerous states across Nigeria raised a national concern. This catastrophe caused many citizens to become victims of displacement as houses were continually submerged. Regarded as the worst flooding issue to have ravaged the country in a decade, lives and properties were threatened by this issue that spread across most states like wildfire. Similar incidents were experienced in 2012, where Nigeria was reported to have lost N2.6 trillion in revenue, millions of people displaced, an estimated 600,000 houses destroyed and another 363 people killed. Per reports, the flood which was caused by heavy rainfall and the release of excess water from the Cameroonian dam, led to a rampage that threatened the lives and properties of millions of Nigerians.

However, some of the victims affected by the flood in Orashi area of Ahoada East, Ahoada wast and Abu Local Government Area of Rivers State have urged the Federal Government to provide a forensic audit on the flood-affected areas across the country to determine the extent of damage caused by the flood. Mr. Che Ibegruwe, a native of Erema community, Egi Land, ONELGA recently clamored for the Federal Government to order the enactment of the forensic audit in his community for determining the damage level before remediation.

Egi suffered environmental degradation due to multinationals’ operations.

Ibegruwe noted that prior to the flooding disaster, his Egi clan, as well as neighboring communities suffered from environmental degradation, basically an effect of the operations of multinationals around their communities. He made his displeasure known during a visit by the Environmental Right Action/Friend of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoN). He noted that as a result of the already degraded environment, the flood affected them worse, recalling that a similar experience was recorded in 2012 but could not be compared to the severity of this year’s.

He lamented that the flood incident experienced this year was a lot more complex as it devastated the environment more. He further disclosed that worse of it was the oil exploitation and the negative effect of disorganizing the environment. He noted that regardless, Nigeria’s oil was being exploited since 1958. The oil companies in these periods, had been able to deforest the area, leaving these communities unprotected and as such, the environment being destroyed.

Oil and gas explosions had left this environment with no protection.

Continuing on, he explained that the community was a free zone for environmental impact in a way or another for oil and gas explosions. As a result, there have been no protective facilitation. He pointed that the 2022 flooding incident impacted numerous communities, killing people and submerging houses and properties. Ibegruwe added that the devastation has led to numerous victims being sick, including himself. He however lauded the efforts of the various organizations that saw to dispatching relief materials to the refugees around the community.

Ibegruwe noted that the impact of this flood demanded a forensic analysis, whilst disclosing the aftereffect of the flood on the health status of the people in the community. He pointed out that he was a victim, as most his family members were now suffering from various illnesses that were not even expected. According to him, a forensic examination of the environment would be pivotal in determining the gravity of damage that the environment had experienced. He said that although the flood was a natural disaster, the forensic auditing would help in determining the damages also caused by human activities.

ERA was monumental in disbursing relief materials to affected areas.

In a similar case, Dandi Mgbenwa, one of Okwuzi’s community leaders also disclosed that about six lives were lost as a result of the severity of the flood. He explained that it took immense help from external sources to save his aged mother, as the flood submerged most houses in his community. The ERA however was monumental in disbursing relief materials to most affected areas in Rivers State. Kentebe Ebiaridor, the team leader and programme manager noted that this gesture came upon the organization’s follow up on the impact of the flood on the livelihood of the victims and urged for quick actions to be made by the Federal Government and other stakeholders in finding a long lasting solution to the flood, to ensure that the people in these environments can return to their normal lives.


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Admin
9 months ago

FG urged to run forensic audit on flood areas – Forensic analysis to help determine damages caused by human activities. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
9 months ago

The government is free to run forensic audit on the flooded areas. It will help us know the extent of things that were damaged and how it can be restored back.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
9 months ago

FG urged to run forensic audit on flood areas. Government need to do more for the affected area by flood. They also need to know the area affected too

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
9 months ago

If this kind forensic is perform it will help to determine the cause and how to prevent the flood. If the cause of the flood is find out it will make people know their activities that is causing flood and making it damages things

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
9 months ago

FG urged to run forensic audit on flood areas.It will help us know the extent of things that were damaged and how it can be restored back.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
9 months ago

Well it’s not a bad idea to to allow forensics to audit the flood-affected areas. In that way they will be able to uncover the extent of damage caused by the flood and other hidden things.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
9 months ago

Over the course of the past few months, Nigeria has been confronted with the problem of flooding, which has been felt in a number of the country’s states.

theApr
theApr
Member
9 months ago

If this type of forensic work is done, it will aid in identifying the cause and providing advice on how to stop the flood. If the reason of the flood is discovered, it will alert people to the fact that their actions are what brought about the disaster.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
9 months ago

As a result of this disaster, a large number of individuals were forced to abandon their homes since they were repeatedly immersed in water.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
9 months ago

What I can deduce from the issue of flood ravaging the country is that,most times the cause of the flood are cause by human factors of which if properly manage it wouldn’t results into flooding.The forensic audit is very important this time around.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
9 months ago

This crisis, which swept through the majority of states like wildfire, was considered to be the worst flooding disaster to strike the country in the past 10 years. It posed a risk to both people’s lives and their property.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
9 months ago

Due to excessive rainfall and the discharge of surplus water from the Cameroonian dam, a flood occurred that posed a threat to the lives and property of millions of Nigerians.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
9 months ago

We were hit worse by the flood, and it was pointed out that although a situation very much like this one occurred in 2012, it could not be compared to the intensity of the storm that occurred in 2018.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
9 months ago

the worst of it was the extraction of oil as well as the harmful effects it had on the environment through its disorganization.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
9 months ago

Help from the federal government and other stakeholders is needed to find a permanent solution to the flooding so that residents may get back to their regular lives.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
9 months ago

This crisis, which spread like wildfire through most of the states, was regarded as the worst flooding disaster to hit the nation in the previous ten years. Both people’s lives and their possessions were at danger because of it.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
9 months ago

I support the idea of forensic audit on flooded areas. This is to have details of flood impact and to get holistic view of the extend of damage done on the Egi land through crude oil exploration.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
9 months ago

The federal government need to carry out forensic audit of the flooded areas to ascertain the level of damages done especially the crude oil activities that took place on those lands.