The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on Nasarawa Government to take proactive measures to mitigate the impending flood disaster in the state as the rainy season peaks.
Muhammed, represented by the agency’s Deputy Director for Finance, Mr Sani Jibba, said that Nasarawa State is one of the probable states to witness flooding going by the 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction and the annual flood outlook.
He said that the flood prone Local Government Areas in the state were Nasarawa, Toto, Nassarawa-Eggon; Keana, Doma, Karu and Awe.
“Nasarawa is known to be one of the major food producing states in the country with its citizens largely engaged in farming activities, but floods have continued to threaten this potential,” he said.
The NEMA boss, while noting that climate change had been blamed for flood disaster, said that it was the responsibility of the government and people to minimise losses through adherence to warning alerts, early preparation and proper response.
He, therefore, urged the state government to direct its Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), frontline local governments and other response agencies to put in place measures to mitigate any disaster.
He also emphasised the need to intensify public enlightenment campaign targeting vulnerable communities to undertake mitigation actions and prepare for evacuation to safe grounds.
Muhammed further advised the state government to identify high grounds for possible Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to provide shelter for evacuated communities.
He said government should make efforts to clear drains, canal and rivers of refuse and silt to ensure free flow of flood waters, and organise state humanitarian coordination forum to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response.
Receiving the delegation on behalf of Gov. Abdullahi Sule, his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, thanked NEMA for its support to the state over the years.
Akabe said that the state, through SEMA, had taken necessary precaution to mitigate floods following the 2020 prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).
He said that the state was proactive as it started preparation for the impending flood since January, even to the extent of making arrangement to procure boats for rescue operations where necessary.
He said that government had identified flood prone areas as well as high grounds for possible evacuation of the people when flood occur.
Akabe said that government was working to ensure that the high grounds to be used as temporary camps were habitable with all necessary facilities “so that we don’t move people from disaster to disease”.
He also said that government had intensified public enlightenment campaign through the media, using various local languages and jingles to reach the people, especially in the flood prone rural communities.
Akabe, however, called for continuous partnership with the Federal Government during emergency situations, saying that the state could not do it alone with its limited resources.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong and Ephraims Sheyin
Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto
A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Yusuf Kurdullah has urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State to protect residents from recurring attacks by bandits.
Kurdullah who was reacting to the recent attack by bandits at Gidan Madi in Tangaza LGA, made the call while briefing newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Police had confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer and an Inspector during the Gidan Madi attack by bandits dressed in military uniform.
The police also said about 100 gunmen attacked the town.
The lawmaker who represents Gudu/Tangaza Federal Constituency, said that the bandits had in recent times, also attacked many villages and towns in the two local government areas, where a number of innocent citizens were kidnapped or brutally killed.
He however, commended the dedication of security personnel on ground, but said more should be deployed to save the people from further attacks.
Kurdullah pledged to support all efforts to ensure the security of lives and properties, not only in the area but across the country.
He urged people of the area to remain law abiding and support security agencies with useful information to help in restoring peace and stability in the area.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience, mental acuity – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians are gifted with exceptional attributes of confidence, resilience and mental acuity.
He said that the attributes were best demonstrated in how Nigerians exceled even in other countries in sciences, medicine and politics.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president delivered the keynote address at the 111th Founders’ Day Lecture of King’s College, Lagos.
According to Osinbajo, teaching young people Integrity, innovation and hard work is the foundation of a good society.
“Teaching young people that there are huge rewards from creativity, innovation with a culture of integrity in business and personal life, coupled with hardwork and diligence, is the foundation of a good and prosperous society.
“When people are nurtured in the notion that rent-seeking or the prebendal capture of wealth or benefit by access to power is the path to success, then the society will not prosper.
“A few will capture all the resources, everyone else will be poor or on their way there.”
Citing Edward Banfield, American Political Scientist, Osinabjo explained that the exceptional attributes did not free people from the moral basis of a backward society, which was the self-interested, family-centric society where often the public good was sacrificed.
He said that while receiving an education, the mind of a young person must be lifted up beyond self as education must teach the primacy of community, of the good and the well-being of the collective over self.
The Vice President said that the educational design and content must take into account, the current moral and social circumstances, as well as the physical and mental constraints we face as a people.
“There must be, as a rule, a prevailing moral standard, corruption or deviance must be the exception, not the rule.
“Concerns faced at the lower levels of our society; the problems of out-of-school children and the huge deficit in the education of girls,” he said.
For her part, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was the guest speaker, commended the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 through the Economic Sustainability Plan.
Mohammed said that scaling up infrastructure for connectivity will be crucial as well as access to digitalised curricula, digital skills training for teachers and students, and methods to protect privacy.
Other dignitaries at the event included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who virtually-delivered a goodwill message from President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.–General Babagana Monguno.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II, among others also featured.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Cash Transfer: Zamfara to dismiss 10 Facilitators for extortion
The Zamfara Unit of the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, has said that it will dismiss 10 Facilitators in two local government areas in the state for extorting money from beneficiaries.
The Head of State Cash Transfer Unit, Alhaji Sani Marafa stated this in Gusau on Saturday at a three day step down training for Local Government Facilitators of the programme.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised by the State Cash Transfer Unit in collaboration with the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO), Abuja.
Marafa said 10 facilitators of the programme from Kaura-Namoda and Tsafe LGAs were found extorting money from beneficiaries in areas assigned to them.
“They were caught conniving with the payment agents extorting money from beneficiaries.
“It is very disappointing, we are going to dismissed them from this work and any body found conniving with them will also be sanctioned”, Marafa said.
He also expressed dismay over alleged collection of N1000 and N2500 from beneficiaries by some officials, saying that his office will collaborate with security agents to investigate the issue.
He called on the beneficiaries not to give a kobo to anyone before accessing their monthly stipends of N5,000 from the federal government.
He cautioned that anybody found collecting money from beneficiaries of the programme will face the wrath of the law.
According to him, the federal government has so far disbursed over N5.6 billion to 131,000 beneficiaries across six LGAs in the state.
Earlier, the National Training Officer of the programme, Mr Kola Solomon said that the training was aimed at equipping the beneficiaries on Savings and Group Mobilisation.
￼”It is expected for every beneficiary of the programme to be saving,” he said, adding that the programme is focused on cash transfer assistance and capacity building at the community level.
According to him, the cash assistance is usually followed by capacity building to ensure that the beneficiaries utilise the funds given to them in line with the aims and objectives of the programme.
“We realised that giving the beneficiaries N5,000 monthly is not enough to pull them out of poverty except if we train them on behavioural change.
“The 163 participants of this training from six LGAs are expected to go back and cascade what they have learnt to the beneficiaries at the community level.
“We want our beneficiaries to imbibe the culture of saving so that they would be forming groups in form of either contributions or cooperatives”, he said.
He urged the participants to be attentive, so that they will learn and understand the concept of the programme.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide