Former Military President Ibrahim Babangida has urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts at tackling the flooding predicted by that the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
Babangida made the call in Minna in an interview with newsmen to mark his 75th birthday which comes up on Wednesday.
He said that the government needed to put measures in place to ensure that states prone to flooding took the necessary measures to prevent loss of lives and property.
“When I was the Head of state, I was aware of the flood problems the country was faced with during rainy season, especially in Niger.
“So, using Minna as an example, a lot of people lost their homes and property were destroyed.
“Quite a lot of children were dying as a result of flood. So, the first thing I did was to a make good drainage in Minna town, which is one of the best drainage system you can find in the city and the country at large.
“I believe government can look at those areas that are prone to flooding and start putting measures in place to avoid loss of lives and property,” he said.
The former military ruler said that both federal and state governments should construct drains to forestall disasters.