Federal Government raises alarm over River Niger imminent drying up
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 20, 2016
The Federal Government has raised an alarm over imminent drying up of River Niger due to climate change and dumping of industrial waste. The Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Samuel Tyonongo Ukura, raised the alarm during a meeting with the Edo State Auditor-General and members of the Edo State Public Accounts Committee in his office in Abuja.
Ukura, however, assured that Nigeria is in the process of conducting an environmental audit of the River to determine its level of dryness. He said it is necessary for the government to address the issue so as to avoid a repeat of the negative impact of the drying up of Lake Chad.
Ukura explained that the initial investigation of the River Niger showed that the decline of the river’s flow was mainly due to climate change, industrial waste and problems caused by population growth.
River Niger has a total length of about four thousand, and one hundred kilometers and is the third longest river in Africa, after the Nile and the Congo-Zaire rivers and spreads through ten countries.