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Collapsed Ozuma Bridge: PDP, Sowore Lambast Kogi Governor Bello, Deputy

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Kogi State has taken a swipe on Governor Yahaya Bello over the collapse of Ozuma Bridge, in Okengwe, under Okene Local Government.

The PDP in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Director Media and Communication Dayo Onibiyo, described the development as sad and dangerous, noting that the collapsed Bridge in the home town of Governor Bello was unfortunate.

He said the collapsed bridge, which was allegedly constructed with substandard materials gulped several millions of naira under another wasteful scheme.

The collapsed bridge according to the PDP had further exposed road users’ lives to unnecessary dangers, rather than serve the purpose it was constructed for.

“It is unfortunate that the administration of Yahaya Bello could not point to any completed project since it came to power, five years ago.

“We, therefore, advise Yahaya Bello to borrow a leave from the PDP in the state on how it successfully completed the notorious Meme Bridge and others, without exposing the lives of our good people to any danger,” he said.

Onibiyo called on the Standard Organization of Nigeria, (SON) and Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) to come to the aid of Kogi State and to avoid other impending dangers.

He also called on the relevant authorities to investigate the failed bridge and ensure that standards were complied with in execution of projects in Kogi State.

“We are afraid that the supposed ongoing flyover, under construction at Ganaja junction Lokoja is at same heavy risk, if not worse, if a mere bridge can collapse under a week of its assumed completion by the same government,” he said.

Similarly, a human rights activist, and pro-democracy campaigner Omoyele Sowore on his Facebook page also mocked the Kogi State Government saying “Gov. Yahaya Bello and his Deputy, Edward David Onoja are the worst leaders to govern any state in the world. They constructed a bridge in Okene that collapsed in less than a week. What did Kogi people do to deserve these cruel men in the helm of their affairs?”

Sowore in another Facebook post blasted the government for their poor infrastructural development in Kogi State.

His words” This is the road in Ankpa area of Kogi state that Chief Edward David Onoja recently commissioned with one of the rogue legislators representing the state, who did Kogi people offend to have these characters as ‘leaders?’”

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2022 Climate Prediction: Normal Rainfall Expected in Most Parts of Nigeria, says NiMet

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ANNUAL total amount of rainfall in the country is expected to be normal in most parts of the country ranging from 390 mm in the North to over 2790 mm in the South according to the 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction( SCP) as highlighted by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika at the unveiling today. 

This is just as Director General, Nigeria Meteorological Agency ( NiMet), Professor Bako Matazu has said that the 2022 SCP is a veritable tool to notify stakeholders, emergency managers and general public at large of anticipated rainfall pattern within the season for necessary plans of migration when needed.

According to the Minister who gave the keynote address at the 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) meeting themed “Strengthening Climate Actions through timely and impact based climate prediction for Economic Recovery currently being held at NAF Conference Center, Kado Abuja also said annual rainfall amount ranging from 390 mm to 790 mm is anticipated in some northern states.

He said,” The annual rainfall amount is expected to range from 390 mm in the North to over 2790 mm in the South. Annual rainfall amount ranging from 390 mm to 790 mm is anticipated in some parts of Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina and Sokoto states.

“The central states such as Nasarawa, Taraba, Kogi, Benue and the FCT, as well as Ekiti, Osun and Oyo are anticipated to record 1190 mm to 1590 mm of total rainfall

On the planting season, the Minister said the earliest onset of the planting season (beginning of planting activities) is expected about the 28th February, 2022 in the Coastal parts of the country while the onset of rainfall is expected to occur between April and May in the Central states, and eventually within June to July in the Northern states.

Sirika also said rainfall cessation dates across most parts of the county in 2022 is predicted to be near the long-term average conditions. The window between the Onset and cessation dates can be regarded as safe periods for the planting of various crops in accordance with their cropping calendars.

He said the growing season is predicted to last between 250-300 days in Southern parts of the country, and 100 to 200 days in the North.

“Noteworthy, are areas around Kwara, Oyo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Benue, Bayelsa, and Rivers which are likely to experience shorter than normal length of growing season. However, prolonged length of growing season is anticipated in parts of Plateau, Kaduna, Edo, and Imo States.

 

  • NiMet DG highlights import of meteorology in agric, disaster management

Professor Matazu in his welcome address at the public presentation of the 2022 SCP meeting explained how the SCP has been an invaluable asset to farmers, improving their yields. It has also helped increase and improve the level of preparedness by Emergency Management Agencies, complement the flood prediction by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), and served as an advisory tool for many stakeholders at the Federal, State and Local Government levels.

He said, “We are all living witnesses to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and how many economies have struggled. In Nigeri, one of the pathways for economic recovery is agriculture. However, many of the agricultural practices are climate dependent and largely rainfed.

“It is important to recognize the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria on developing the Agricultural Sector for Sustainable Green Economy, focusing on food system development agenda that will lift hundred (100) million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade. The Government aims to prioritize healthy diets and affordable nutrition through inclusive, efficient, resilient, and sustainable agriculture which will contribute to job creations and sustainable economy growth.

He explained that it is NiMet’s responsibility to advise the government on all aspects of meteorology stressing,” We observe, collate, collect, process, and disseminate all meteorological data and information within and outside.”

On challenges of variability in climate with regards global warming, Professor Matazu said in recent times, this has given rise to high rainfall amounts occurring within a short duration and has made flash flood episodes more frequent.

He buttressed, “Several roads were decimated in 2021, among which are the Maiwa bridge, along Bauchi – Kano highway, Ningi local government area of Bauchi state, the single day rainfall event of 16th July 2021 over Lagos metropolis which flooded a large portion of Lagos Island including the popular Balogun market.

” Increased severity of dry spells episodes in parts of Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe and Nasarawa states. With such recurring extreme events, the SCP becomes a veritable tool to notify relevant stakeholders and emergency managers of the anticipated rainfall pattern within the season for necessary mitigation plans.”

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NiMet warns of Imminent Temperature Across Northern States

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has in its ‘High-temperature outlook’ issued yesterday in Abuja predicted that most parts of the northern region will experience temperatures greater than 35°C and less than 40°C between November 30 and December 1. Pervade

It also stated that northeast – Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, the eastern part of Jigawa, Northern Adamawa, and Northern Taraba are all expected to have temperatures in the excess of 35°C.

Similarly, Sokoto, the western part of Zamfara, and the Eastern half of Kebbi, in the North East, are all expected to experience temperatures in the excess of 35°C during the forecast period.

In the central part of the country, Niger, Northern part of Kwara, west of FCT, southern Plateau, northeast of Kogi, and northwest of Benue are all expected to experience high temperatures.

In its forecast for December 1, the agency predicted high-temperature greater than 40°C over parts of Niger State.

However, other parts of Niger, FCT, northern Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, and eastern Plateau in the central states are expected to experience temperatures above 35°C.

Similarly, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara in the northwest as well as northern Jigawa,  southern Yobe, Borno, Gombe, eastern Bauchi, northern Adamawa, and northern  Taraba in the northeast is expected to record temperatures greater than 35°C.

Also, parts of Ogun State in the southwest could experience 35°C.

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NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, sunshine from Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted three days cloudiness and sunshine from Friday to Sunday.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on  in Abuja,  predicted cloudy skies with spell of sunshine over the northern region, with thunderstorms over parts of Taraba, Adamawa and Kaduna State in the morning hours on Friday.

According to it, thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba,  and Adamawa  later in the day.

“Cloudy skies are further anticipated over the North central states during the morning hours,  with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Benue, Kogi, Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara .

 are still prospects of rains over parts of Plateau, Kwara, Niger,  and the Federal Capital Territory,  during the afternoon and evening hours.

“ Inland and coastal cities of  South are expected to be under cloudy skies with rains over parts of Delta, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers state during morning hours, “ it said.

The agency forecast moderate rains over most places in the afternoon and evening hours.

According to it, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba in the morning hours on Saturday.

It predicted the rest of the northern region to be under cloudy skies.

It further predicted thunderstorms over parts of Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna state in the afternoon and evening hours.

“Cloudy skies are anticipated over the North central region in the morning hours with chances of thunderstorms over Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory.

“Thunderstorms are likely, over parts of Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory in the afternoon and evening hours.

“Inland and coastal cities of South are expected to be under cloudy skies in the morning hours,  with chances of moderate rains over parts of Delta, Enugu, Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Imo, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa , “ NiMet said.

It envisaged moderate rains over parts of Ekiti, Enugu, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Delta, Lagos, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers in the afternoon and evening hours.

NiMet predicted cloudy skies with interval of sunshine over the northern region, with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba, Zamfara, Sokoto and  state  in the morning hours on Sunday.

According to it,  are prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Katsina, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kano and  state later in the day.

“The North central region is expected to be under cloudy skies with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Niger, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory,  during the morning hours.

“Thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory during the afternoon and evening hours.

“ The inland cities of the South  be predominantly cloudy while moderate rains are expected over parts of Imo, Osun, Ondo, Delta, Lagos and Rivers in the morning hours, “ it said.

The agency anticipated chances of rains over parts of Edo, Enugu, Delta, Osun, Imo and across the coastal belt later in the day. (NAN)

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