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FLOODING: Nigeria suffered $7bn infrastructural damages in 2022—Shettima

Kashim Shettima, Nigeria’s vice president, says the country’s suffered about $7 billion in infrastructural damage following the 2022 floods.

Kashim Shettima, vice president of Nigeria
Kashim Shettima, vice president of Nigeria

Kashim Shettima, Nigeria’s vice president, says the country’s suffered about $7 billion in infrastructural damage following the 2022 floods.

Shettima disclosed this at a UN Framework Convention event on Climate Change in Abuja on Tuesday.

The vice president who was represented by Ibrahim Hassan, deputy chief of staff, added that the 2022 flood led to the loss of 600 lives in Nigeria.

He noted that the country is negatively impacted by climate change, one of humanity’s biggest challenges.

“We are all living witnesses to the ravaging floods of last year (2022), which held the country to a standstill for days. The World Bank’s Global Rapid post-disaster damage estimation assessment put the total direct economic damage to infrastructure at about $7bn,” he said.

Last year, the federal government inaugurated the National Climate Change Council with the mandate of implementing the government’s plan to reduce the impact of climate change in Nigeria. 

In 2022, Chukwumerije Okereke, a professor of environment and development said Nigeria will lose $460 billion by 2050 if the country is not implementing concrete actions and strategies in the Climate Change Act.

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