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  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has appealed to local government authorities of flood affected communities in South South to relocate the residents to safe higher ground Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator NEMA South South Zone made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Port Harcourt Tepikor said that the agency s zonal office carried out assessment on the flood predicted areas and revealed that several communities in the zone have all been submerged by flooding He listed such areas to include Akinfa Amasoma Ayama in Bayelsa Others are Anibucha Okuzi Aga Ugede and Aniekpe in Rivers State The Coordinator disclosed that the flooding affected farmlands fish ponds pig farms crops sources of drinking water including household properties in these communities As we observed the economic trees and sources of livelihood in the areas were affected so it is expected that government at all levels should come together and ensure that they assist the people On our part the agency has put measures in place within the 36 states of the federation So we expect the states in the flood predicted area especially the South South and those communities that have started experiencing flood to be on top of their activities This is to mitigate the impact of the flood on the people he said Tepikor called on the authorities of all the local government areas affected to be the first responders to relocate the affected communities to mitigate the impact of flood on the people According to Tepikor the agency advices governments of these states to relocate these vulnerable communities to safe higher ground NEMA expects that the states involved should have been prepared by mapping out safe grounds in collaboration with the agency and also have their relief supplies ready to assist the affected communities The agency will continue to monitor the rising water level across the predicted states in the zone It will as well monitor their level of preparedness on the flooding as predicted by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency NISA Tepikor said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA urges LGAs to relocate residents in flood affected 
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has appealed to local government authorities of flood affected communities in South South to relocate the residents to safe higher ground Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator NEMA South South Zone made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Port Harcourt Tepikor said that the agency s zonal office carried out assessment on the flood predicted areas and revealed that several communities in the zone have all been submerged by flooding He listed such areas to include Akinfa Amasoma Ayama in Bayelsa Others are Anibucha Okuzi Aga Ugede and Aniekpe in Rivers State The Coordinator disclosed that the flooding affected farmlands fish ponds pig farms crops sources of drinking water including household properties in these communities As we observed the economic trees and sources of livelihood in the areas were affected so it is expected that government at all levels should come together and ensure that they assist the people On our part the agency has put measures in place within the 36 states of the federation So we expect the states in the flood predicted area especially the South South and those communities that have started experiencing flood to be on top of their activities This is to mitigate the impact of the flood on the people he said Tepikor called on the authorities of all the local government areas affected to be the first responders to relocate the affected communities to mitigate the impact of flood on the people According to Tepikor the agency advices governments of these states to relocate these vulnerable communities to safe higher ground NEMA expects that the states involved should have been prepared by mapping out safe grounds in collaboration with the agency and also have their relief supplies ready to assist the affected communities The agency will continue to monitor the rising water level across the predicted states in the zone It will as well monitor their level of preparedness on the flooding as predicted by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency NISA Tepikor said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA urges LGAs to relocate residents in flood affected 
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    NEMA urges LGAs to relocate residents in flood affected 

    The National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA)has appealed to local government authorities of flood affected communities in South-South to relocate the residents to safe higher ground.

    Mr Godwin Tepikor, the Zonal Coordinator, NEMA South-South Zone, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Port Harcourt.

    Tepikor said that the agency’s zonal office  carried out assessment on the flood predicted areas and revealed that several communities in the zone have all been submerged by flooding.

    He listed such areas to include Akinfa, Amasoma,Ayama in Bayelsa.

    Others are Anibucha, Okuzi, Aga, Ugede and Aniekpe in Rivers State.

    The Coordinator disclosed that the flooding affected farmlands, fish ponds, pig farms, crops, sources of drinking water, including household properties in these  communities.

    “As we observed,the economic trees and sources of livelihood in the areas were affected, so it is expected that government at all levels should come together and ensure that they assist the people.

    “On our part, the agency has put measures in place within the 36 states of the federation.

    “So we expect the states in the flood predicted area, especially the South-South and  those communities that have started experiencing flood to be on top of their activities.

    “This is to mitigate the impact of the flood on the people,”he said.

    Tepikor called on the authorities of all the local government areas affected to be the first responders to relocate the affected communities to mitigate the impact of flood on the people.

    According to Tepikor, the agency advices governments of these states to relocate these vulnerable communities to safe higher ground.

    “NEMA expects that the states involved should have been prepared by mapping out safe grounds in collaboration with the agency and also have their relief supplies ready to assist the affected communities.

    “The agency will continue to monitor the rising water level across the predicted states in the zone.

    “It will as well monitor their level of preparedness on the flooding as predicted by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency(NISA),”Tepikor said.


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  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has appealed to Local Government authorities of flood affected communities in the South South to relocate the residents to safe higher ground Mr Godwin Tepikor The Zonal Coordinator NEMA South South Mr Godwin Tepikor made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Port Harcourt Tepikor said that the agency s zonal office carried out assessment on the flood predicted areas and observed that some communities such as Akinfa Amasoma Ayama in Bayelsa had been submerged by flood He disclosed that Anibucha Okuzi Aga Ugede and Aniekpe communities in Rivers had also been submerged The coordinator said that the flood affected farmlands fish ponds pig farms crops sources of drinking water and household property He said We observed that economic trees and sources of livelihood in the areas were affected So it is expected that government at all levels should come together and ensure that they assist the people On our part we have put measures in place in the 36 states of the federation to mitigate the impact of flooding So we expect the states in the flood predicted area especially in South South to act and mitigate the impact of the flooding on the people NEMA expects that the states involved should be prepared by now by mapping out safe grounds in collaboration with NEMA for the affected communities He said that the agency would continue to monitor rising water level across the predicted states in the zone as well as the level of preparedness of the states NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA urges LG authorities to relocate residents of flood communities 
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has appealed to Local Government authorities of flood affected communities in the South South to relocate the residents to safe higher ground Mr Godwin Tepikor The Zonal Coordinator NEMA South South Mr Godwin Tepikor made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Port Harcourt Tepikor said that the agency s zonal office carried out assessment on the flood predicted areas and observed that some communities such as Akinfa Amasoma Ayama in Bayelsa had been submerged by flood He disclosed that Anibucha Okuzi Aga Ugede and Aniekpe communities in Rivers had also been submerged The coordinator said that the flood affected farmlands fish ponds pig farms crops sources of drinking water and household property He said We observed that economic trees and sources of livelihood in the areas were affected So it is expected that government at all levels should come together and ensure that they assist the people On our part we have put measures in place in the 36 states of the federation to mitigate the impact of flooding So we expect the states in the flood predicted area especially in South South to act and mitigate the impact of the flooding on the people NEMA expects that the states involved should be prepared by now by mapping out safe grounds in collaboration with NEMA for the affected communities He said that the agency would continue to monitor rising water level across the predicted states in the zone as well as the level of preparedness of the states NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA urges LG authorities to relocate residents of flood communities 
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    NEMA urges LG authorities to relocate residents of flood communities 

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has appealed to Local Government authorities of flood affected communities in the South-South to relocate the residents to safe higher ground.

    Mr Godwin Tepikor, The Zonal Coordinator NEMA South-South, Mr Godwin Tepikor, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Port Harcourt.

    Tepikor said that the agency’s zonal office carried out assessment on the flood predicted areas and observed that some communities such as Akinfa, Amasoma,Ayama in Bayelsa had been submerged by flood.

    He disclosed that Anibucha, Okuzi, Aga, Ugede and Aniekpe communities in Rivers had also been submerged.

    The coordinator said that the flood affected farmlands, fish ponds, pig farms, crops, sources of drinking water and household property.

    He said: “We observed that economic trees and sources of livelihood in the areas were affected.

    So it is expected that government at all levels should come together and ensure that they assist the people.

    “On our part, we have put measures in place in the 36 states of the federation to mitigate the impact of flooding.

    “So we expect the states in the flood predicted area, especially in South-South to act and mitigate the impact of the flooding on the people.

    “NEMA expects that the states involved should be prepared by now by mapping out safe grounds, in collaboration with NEMA for the affected communities.

    ” He said that the agency would continue to monitor rising water level across the predicted states in the zone as well as the level of preparedness of the states.


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  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has called on governments of Rivers Bayelsa and Cross River to relocate their flood prone communities to safer higher grounds Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator NEMA South South geopolitical zone made the call at a conference he addressed on Thursday in Port Harcourt He urged the emergency management agencies in the three states to sensitise state level actors to prepare adequately for the 2022 flood prediction States Emergency Management Agencies should intensify efforts to move communities that are at risk to higher grounds They should identify safe higher grounds for evacuation of persons and to pre position platforms like boats that will assist in the evacuation of people at risk he said Tepikor also called on the state governments to stockpile foodstuffs and non food items potable water safety and security devices to enable evacuated persons to have fair level of comfort during their period of displacement He said NEMA had taken its advocacy to communities in the four local governments areas in Orashi Region in Rivers where flooding would likely occur He said chiefs community development committees youths and women in the areas had been informed to be prepared for the predicted flood We cannot do enough until the flood has come and gone but it is imperative that we intensify efforts so that the impact of the flooding will be mitigated as soon as possible Tepikor said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEMA s Director General Malam Mustapha Ahmed held a technical meeting on Sept 19 to review the flooding situation in the country Ahmed alerted the nation at the meeting that there would be flooding in parts of the country as predicted by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency He said also that Cameroon had started the release of water from its Lagdo Dam since Sept 13 and that the exercise would affect Nigeria one way or another NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA wants South-South states to relocate flood-prone communities
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has called on governments of Rivers Bayelsa and Cross River to relocate their flood prone communities to safer higher grounds Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator NEMA South South geopolitical zone made the call at a conference he addressed on Thursday in Port Harcourt He urged the emergency management agencies in the three states to sensitise state level actors to prepare adequately for the 2022 flood prediction States Emergency Management Agencies should intensify efforts to move communities that are at risk to higher grounds They should identify safe higher grounds for evacuation of persons and to pre position platforms like boats that will assist in the evacuation of people at risk he said Tepikor also called on the state governments to stockpile foodstuffs and non food items potable water safety and security devices to enable evacuated persons to have fair level of comfort during their period of displacement He said NEMA had taken its advocacy to communities in the four local governments areas in Orashi Region in Rivers where flooding would likely occur He said chiefs community development committees youths and women in the areas had been informed to be prepared for the predicted flood We cannot do enough until the flood has come and gone but it is imperative that we intensify efforts so that the impact of the flooding will be mitigated as soon as possible Tepikor said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEMA s Director General Malam Mustapha Ahmed held a technical meeting on Sept 19 to review the flooding situation in the country Ahmed alerted the nation at the meeting that there would be flooding in parts of the country as predicted by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency He said also that Cameroon had started the release of water from its Lagdo Dam since Sept 13 and that the exercise would affect Nigeria one way or another NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA wants South-South states to relocate flood-prone communities
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    NEMA wants South-South states to relocate flood-prone communities

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on governments of Rivers, Bayelsa and Cross-River to relocate their flood-prone communities to safer, higher grounds.

    Mr Godwin Tepikor, the Zonal Coordinator, NEMA South-South geopolitical zone, made the call at a conference he addressed on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

    He urged the emergency management agencies in the three states to sensitise state level actors to prepare adequately for the 2022 flood prediction.

    “States Emergency Management Agencies should intensify efforts to move communities that are at risk to higher grounds.

    “They should identify safe, higher grounds for evacuation of persons and to pre-position platforms like boats that will assist in the evacuation of people at risk,’’ he said.

    Tepikor also called on the state governments to stockpile foodstuffs and non-food items, potable water, safety and security devices to enable evacuated persons to have fair level of comfort during their period of displacement.

    He said NEMA had taken its advocacy to communities in the four local governments areas in Orashi Region in Rivers where flooding would likely occur.

    He said chiefs, community development committees, youths and women in the areas had been informed to be prepared for the predicted flood.

    “We cannot do enough until the flood has come and gone, but it is imperative that we intensify efforts so that the impact of the flooding will be mitigated as soon as possible,’’ Tepikor said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEMA’s Director-General, Malam Mustapha Ahmed, held a technical meeting on Sept. 19 to review the flooding situation in the country.

    Ahmed alerted the nation at the meeting that there would be flooding in parts of the country as predicted by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency.

    He said also that Cameroon had started the release of water from its Lagdo Dam since Sept.13 and that the exercise would affect Nigeria one way or another.


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  •  The Rivers Government says it is collaborating with stakeholders to ensure proper crowd management and zero fatality as political rallies and Ember month activities begin Dr Sylvanus Ujum the Director Rivers State Emergency Medical Services said this at its maiden walk on Saturday in Port Harcourt The programme tagged Walk for Life Walk for Safety was organised by the State government in collaboration with other emergency management and response agencies Ujum said that the sensitisation was organised to check incidences of road traffic crashes building collapse and other avoidable fatalities associated with the boisterous and care free attitude usually exhibited during the ember months and political rallies According to him the move has become imperative following past experiences of cases of stampede during political campaigns religious and other social gatherings He said that the state government had directed that all churches political rallies and gatherings must adequately involve all emergency management and response agencies Also speaking Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator National Emergency Management Agency NEMA also advised residents of Rivers to apply moderation in all their engagements According to him the last quarter of the year usually records increase in traffic movements of goods and services within and across states with apparently high fatality rates People tend to over labour themselves to achieve the year s target in the ember months that is why we are creating awareness on the need to apply moderation to curb the menace he said The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Mr Salisu Galadunci advised on the need for proper adherence to traffic rules and regulations to check road accidents Galadunci also urged residents of the state to embrace voluntary blood donation to help boost blood availability in the state He was represented by Mr Chukwuma Mbaegbu the Deputy Corps Commander Head of Operations of FRSC In his remarks Mr Onyekachi igwe Head Donor Recruitment Arm Forces Blood Centre Port Harcourt decried the poor response to voluntary blood donation by residents of the state According to him the low response to blood donation is affecting the blood banks in the state as they are running out of supply NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rivers govt, stakeholders collaborate on crowd management during political rallies
     The Rivers Government says it is collaborating with stakeholders to ensure proper crowd management and zero fatality as political rallies and Ember month activities begin Dr Sylvanus Ujum the Director Rivers State Emergency Medical Services said this at its maiden walk on Saturday in Port Harcourt The programme tagged Walk for Life Walk for Safety was organised by the State government in collaboration with other emergency management and response agencies Ujum said that the sensitisation was organised to check incidences of road traffic crashes building collapse and other avoidable fatalities associated with the boisterous and care free attitude usually exhibited during the ember months and political rallies According to him the move has become imperative following past experiences of cases of stampede during political campaigns religious and other social gatherings He said that the state government had directed that all churches political rallies and gatherings must adequately involve all emergency management and response agencies Also speaking Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator National Emergency Management Agency NEMA also advised residents of Rivers to apply moderation in all their engagements According to him the last quarter of the year usually records increase in traffic movements of goods and services within and across states with apparently high fatality rates People tend to over labour themselves to achieve the year s target in the ember months that is why we are creating awareness on the need to apply moderation to curb the menace he said The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Mr Salisu Galadunci advised on the need for proper adherence to traffic rules and regulations to check road accidents Galadunci also urged residents of the state to embrace voluntary blood donation to help boost blood availability in the state He was represented by Mr Chukwuma Mbaegbu the Deputy Corps Commander Head of Operations of FRSC In his remarks Mr Onyekachi igwe Head Donor Recruitment Arm Forces Blood Centre Port Harcourt decried the poor response to voluntary blood donation by residents of the state According to him the low response to blood donation is affecting the blood banks in the state as they are running out of supply NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rivers govt, stakeholders collaborate on crowd management during political rallies
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    Rivers govt, stakeholders collaborate on crowd management during political rallies

    The Rivers Government says it is collaborating with stakeholders to ensure proper crowd management and zero fatality as political rallies and Ember month activities begin.

    Dr Sylvanus Ujum, the Director, Rivers State Emergency Medical Services said this at its maiden walk on Saturday in Port Harcourt.

    The programme tagged, “Walk for Life, Walk for Safety”, was organised by the State government in collaboration with other emergency management and response agencies.

    Ujum said that the sensitisation was organised to check incidences of road traffic crashes, building collapse and other avoidable fatalities associated with the boisterous and care-free attitude usually exhibited during the ember months and political rallies.

    According to him, the move has become imperative following past experiences of cases of stampede during political campaigns, religious and other social gatherings.

    He said that the state government had directed that all churches, political rallies and gatherings must adequately involve all emergency management and response agencies.

    Also speaking, Mr Godwin Tepikor, the Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), also advised residents of Rivers to apply moderation in all their engagements.

    According to him, the last quarter of the year usually records increase in traffic, movements of goods and services within and across states with apparently high fatality rates.

    “People tend to over labour themselves to achieve the year’s target in the ember months, that is why we are creating awareness on the need to apply moderation to curb the menace,” he said.

    The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Salisu Galadunci advised on the need for proper adherence to traffic rules and regulations to check road accidents.

    Galadunci also urged residents of the state to embrace voluntary blood donation to help boost blood availability in the state.

    He was represented by Mr Chukwuma Mbaegbu, the Deputy Corps Commander, Head of Operations of FRSC.

    In his remarks, Mr Onyekachi igwe, Head Donor Recruitment, Arm Forces Blood Centre Port Harcourt, decried the poor response to voluntary blood donation by residents of the state.

    According to him, the low response to blood donation is affecting the blood banks in the state as they are running out of supply.


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  •  The Akwa Ibom Government has warned the residents of the state against dumping of refuse in drains and water channels to avoid flood disaster during the rainy season The State Deputy Governor Mr Moses Ekpo said this during the stakeholders meeting on flood sensitisation preparedness mitigation and response in Uyo on Friday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by National Emergency Management Agency NEMA in collaboration with State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Ekpo who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Deputy Governor s Office Mr Nkopuruk Ekaiko cautioned residents against building on water channels He also urged them to help in de silting blocked drainages The 2022 NIMET s Seasonal Climate Prediction and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Annual Flood Outlook has already listed our state amongst areas in the country with a high flood risk Our state is faced with threats and prospects of both natural and man made disaster which include flooding thunder storm heat weaves and land slides Also on the rise are man made disasters such as communal crises fire outbreaks building collapse chemical and environmental pollution amongst others This meeting is a wake up call for our people to be alive to their own responsibilities in this regard The initial thrust in flood disaster management should be for the locals to desist from building on water channels dumping of refuse in the drains and helping in de silting blocked drainages without necessary being promoted by force of the law Ekpo said Ekpo expressed optimism that the meeting would provide a common ground for relevant stakeholders to work closely with the state to facilitate activities in providing relief and assistance to disaster victims Earlier in his remarks the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Mr Godwin Tepikor urged members to put in place proactive measures to prepare for and respond to the risks that are expected to come with rainy season Tepikor who spoke on behalf of the Director General of NEMA Mr Mustapha Ahmed said that Annual Flood Outlook AFO for 2022 by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA has forcasted that 455 Local Government Areas LGAs across 32 states and FCT would witness heavy flooding during the rainy season He added that the AFO predicted that 17 LGAs in Akwa Ibom are probable flood risk areas in 2022 This prediction therefore serves as a decision support tool for states as it provides key information to ease decision making process especially for strategic planning policy making and implementation for various stakeholders involved in flood management he said He said that with the advent of climate change the magnitude frequency and intensity of disaster have been on the rise across the globe and the South South in particular NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: A’Ibom govt warns against dumping of refuse in drains
     The Akwa Ibom Government has warned the residents of the state against dumping of refuse in drains and water channels to avoid flood disaster during the rainy season The State Deputy Governor Mr Moses Ekpo said this during the stakeholders meeting on flood sensitisation preparedness mitigation and response in Uyo on Friday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by National Emergency Management Agency NEMA in collaboration with State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Ekpo who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Deputy Governor s Office Mr Nkopuruk Ekaiko cautioned residents against building on water channels He also urged them to help in de silting blocked drainages The 2022 NIMET s Seasonal Climate Prediction and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA Annual Flood Outlook has already listed our state amongst areas in the country with a high flood risk Our state is faced with threats and prospects of both natural and man made disaster which include flooding thunder storm heat weaves and land slides Also on the rise are man made disasters such as communal crises fire outbreaks building collapse chemical and environmental pollution amongst others This meeting is a wake up call for our people to be alive to their own responsibilities in this regard The initial thrust in flood disaster management should be for the locals to desist from building on water channels dumping of refuse in the drains and helping in de silting blocked drainages without necessary being promoted by force of the law Ekpo said Ekpo expressed optimism that the meeting would provide a common ground for relevant stakeholders to work closely with the state to facilitate activities in providing relief and assistance to disaster victims Earlier in his remarks the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Mr Godwin Tepikor urged members to put in place proactive measures to prepare for and respond to the risks that are expected to come with rainy season Tepikor who spoke on behalf of the Director General of NEMA Mr Mustapha Ahmed said that Annual Flood Outlook AFO for 2022 by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA has forcasted that 455 Local Government Areas LGAs across 32 states and FCT would witness heavy flooding during the rainy season He added that the AFO predicted that 17 LGAs in Akwa Ibom are probable flood risk areas in 2022 This prediction therefore serves as a decision support tool for states as it provides key information to ease decision making process especially for strategic planning policy making and implementation for various stakeholders involved in flood management he said He said that with the advent of climate change the magnitude frequency and intensity of disaster have been on the rise across the globe and the South South in particular NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: A’Ibom govt warns against dumping of refuse in drains
    Environment2 months ago

    Flood: A’Ibom govt warns against dumping of refuse in drains

    The Akwa Ibom Government has warned the residents of the state against dumping of refuse in drains and water channels to avoid flood disaster during the rainy season.The State Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, said this during the stakeholders’ meeting on flood sensitisation, preparedness, mitigation and response in Uyo on Friday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).Ekpo, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office, Mr Nkopuruk Ekaiko, cautioned residents against building on water channels.He also urged them to help in de-silting blocked drainages.“The 2022 NIMET’s Seasonal Climate Prediction and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Annual Flood Outlook, has already listed our state amongst areas in the country with a high-flood risk.“Our state is faced with threats and prospects of both natural and man-made disaster which include flooding, thunder storm, heat weaves and land slides.“Also on the rise are man-made disasters such as communal crises, fire-outbreaks, building collapse, chemical and environmental pollution, amongst others.“This meeting is a wake-up call for our people to be alive to their own responsibilities in this regard.“The initial thrust in flood disaster management should be for the locals to desist from building on water channels, dumping of refuse in the drains and helping in de-silting blocked drainages without necessary being promoted by force of the law,” Ekpo said.Ekpo expressed optimism that the meeting would provide a common ground for relevant stakeholders to work closely with the state to facilitate activities in providing relief and assistance to disaster victims.Earlier in his remarks, the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Godwin Tepikor, urged members to put in place proactive measures to prepare for and respond to the risks that are expected to come with rainy season.Tepikor, who spoke on behalf of the Director-General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, said that Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) for 2022 by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has forcasted that 455 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across 32 states and FCT would witness heavy flooding during the rainy season.He added that the AFO predicted that 17 LGAs in Akwa Ibom are probable flood risk areas in 2022.“This prediction, therefore, serves as a decision support tool for states, as it provides key information to ease decision making process, especially for strategic planning, policy making and implementation for various stakeholders involved in flood management,” he said.He said that with the advent of climate change, the magnitude, frequency and intensity of disaster have been on the rise across the globe and the South South in particular.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA on Friday called for stakeholders collective collaboration on security in the Maritime Sector Dr Bashir Jamoh the Director General of NIMASA made the call at a one day Sensitisation workshop organised by the Agency in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency NEMA and State Emergency Management Agency SEMA in Port Harcourt Jamoh who was represented by Mr Ceche Osango the Director Special Duties in Maritime and Safety said the workshop was to create a platform for stakeholders in the maritime sector to interact and see how to support each other to provide solutions to security challenges faced in the industry According to the director the collaboration will particularly help stakeholders in the maritime sector to provide safety and security in the industry We believe that collaborating with all the stakeholders weather military paramilitary and community will enhance our resources today and will come up with ideas which we can continuously support each other and be able to deliver the results with our common goal which is to provide security We appreciate the fact that every body has a role to play hence we are partnering with our sister agencies NEMA SEMA who are working with us to see that this kind of situation is taken care of he said He stated that piracy on the water ways was one of the challenges which Nigeria fell into the Gulf of Guinea saying that insecurity affected merchant shipping and needed collaboration and solutions to fight against the challenges Similarly Mr Godwin Tepikor the State Coordinator for NEMA in Rivers represented by Mr Damian Egwu one of the staff members in the state stated that the call for collaboration was apt as insecurity was becoming a perennial challenge in the country Tepiko said that maritime sector in the country had faced insecurity as it grew over the years at the Gulf of Guinea which had contributed to the economic sabotage He stated that this contributed to the downturn of GDP on oil production from 2 million to 1 2 million barrels due to insecurity He called on stakeholders in the state to join hands to fight insecurity stating that the menace could not be handled by one singular agency or security outfit The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the stakeholders present were representatives of Nigerian Airforce Nigeria Police Civil Defence Corps Nigeria Road Safety Corps and the Federal Fire Service NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NIMASA seeks Stakeholders’ collaboration on security
     The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA on Friday called for stakeholders collective collaboration on security in the Maritime Sector Dr Bashir Jamoh the Director General of NIMASA made the call at a one day Sensitisation workshop organised by the Agency in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency NEMA and State Emergency Management Agency SEMA in Port Harcourt Jamoh who was represented by Mr Ceche Osango the Director Special Duties in Maritime and Safety said the workshop was to create a platform for stakeholders in the maritime sector to interact and see how to support each other to provide solutions to security challenges faced in the industry According to the director the collaboration will particularly help stakeholders in the maritime sector to provide safety and security in the industry We believe that collaborating with all the stakeholders weather military paramilitary and community will enhance our resources today and will come up with ideas which we can continuously support each other and be able to deliver the results with our common goal which is to provide security We appreciate the fact that every body has a role to play hence we are partnering with our sister agencies NEMA SEMA who are working with us to see that this kind of situation is taken care of he said He stated that piracy on the water ways was one of the challenges which Nigeria fell into the Gulf of Guinea saying that insecurity affected merchant shipping and needed collaboration and solutions to fight against the challenges Similarly Mr Godwin Tepikor the State Coordinator for NEMA in Rivers represented by Mr Damian Egwu one of the staff members in the state stated that the call for collaboration was apt as insecurity was becoming a perennial challenge in the country Tepiko said that maritime sector in the country had faced insecurity as it grew over the years at the Gulf of Guinea which had contributed to the economic sabotage He stated that this contributed to the downturn of GDP on oil production from 2 million to 1 2 million barrels due to insecurity He called on stakeholders in the state to join hands to fight insecurity stating that the menace could not be handled by one singular agency or security outfit The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the stakeholders present were representatives of Nigerian Airforce Nigeria Police Civil Defence Corps Nigeria Road Safety Corps and the Federal Fire Service NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NIMASA seeks Stakeholders’ collaboration on security
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    NIMASA seeks Stakeholders’ collaboration on security

    The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Friday called for stakeholders’ collective collaboration on security in the Maritime Sector.

      Dr. Bashir Jamoh, the Director-General of NIMASA, made the call at a one-day Sensitisation workshop organised by the Agency, in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Port Harcourt.Jamoh, who was represented by Mr Ceche Osango, the Director, Special Duties in Maritime and Safety, said the workshop was to create a platform for stakeholders in the maritime sector to interact and see how to support each other to provide solutions to security challenges faced in the industry.According to the director, the collaboration will particularly help stakeholders in the maritime sector to provide safety and security in the industry.“We believe that collaborating with all the stakeholders, weather military, paramilitary and community, will enhance our resources today and will come up with ideas which we can continuously support each other and be able to deliver the results with our common goal which is to provide security.“We appreciate the fact that every body has a role to play hence we are partnering with our sister agencies, NEMA,  SEMA who are working with us to see that this kind of situation is taken care of,”  he said.He stated that piracy on the water ways was one of the challenges which Nigeria fell into the Gulf of Guinea, saying that insecurity affected merchant shipping and needed collaboration and solutions to fight against the challenges.Similarly, Mr Godwin Tepikor, the State Coordinator for NEMA in Rivers, represented by Mr Damian Egwu, one of the staff members in  the state, stated that the call for collaboration was apt as insecurity was becoming a perennial challenge in the country.Tepiko said that maritime sector in the country had faced insecurity as it grew over the years at the Gulf of Guinea, which had contributed to the economic  sabotage.He stated that this contributed to the downturn of GDP on oil production from 2 million to 1.2 million barrels due to insecurity.He called on stakeholders  in the state to join hands to fight insecurity, stating that the menace could not be handled by one singular agency or security outfit.The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the stakeholders present were representatives of Nigerian Airforce, Nigeria Police, Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Road Safety Corps and the Federal Fire Service.

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  •   No less than 327 houses have been destroyed in the Nkarasi and Abinti communities in the Cross River Ikom local government area Mr Godwin Tepikor South South Zonal Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA led a team of agency officials on Thursday to assess the damage Staff from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency SEMA were also on the assessment tour The youth leader of the Nkarasi community Mr Pius Ayum led the team through the affected houses Ayum said the windstorm occurred during the night of March 3 with violent wind preceding heavy rain Ayum said the gale destroyed cheap houses and trees in the affected areas According to him the disaster has caused hardship for the victims and he asked NEMA SEMA and other relevant agencies to come to his aid In the community of Abinti the team approached the ruler of the area Mr Akeng Nelson Leading the team Nelson said most households had moved from their ancestral homes due to destruction that left most roofs leaking
    Windstorm destroys 327 houses, economic trees in Cross River
      No less than 327 houses have been destroyed in the Nkarasi and Abinti communities in the Cross River Ikom local government area Mr Godwin Tepikor South South Zonal Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA led a team of agency officials on Thursday to assess the damage Staff from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency SEMA were also on the assessment tour The youth leader of the Nkarasi community Mr Pius Ayum led the team through the affected houses Ayum said the windstorm occurred during the night of March 3 with violent wind preceding heavy rain Ayum said the gale destroyed cheap houses and trees in the affected areas According to him the disaster has caused hardship for the victims and he asked NEMA SEMA and other relevant agencies to come to his aid In the community of Abinti the team approached the ruler of the area Mr Akeng Nelson Leading the team Nelson said most households had moved from their ancestral homes due to destruction that left most roofs leaking
    Windstorm destroys 327 houses, economic trees in Cross River
    Environment7 months ago

    Windstorm destroys 327 houses, economic trees in Cross River

    No less than 327 houses have been destroyed in the Nkarasi and Abinti communities in the Cross River Ikom local government area.

    Mr. Godwin Tepikor, South-South Zonal Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) led a team of agency officials on Thursday to assess the damage.

    Staff from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were also on the assessment tour.

    The youth leader of the Nkarasi community, Mr. Pius Ayum, led the team through the affected houses.

    Ayum said the windstorm occurred during the night of March 3 with violent wind preceding heavy rain.

    Ayum said the gale destroyed cheap houses and trees in the affected areas.

    According to him, the disaster has caused hardship for the victims and he asked NEMA, SEMA and other relevant agencies to come to his aid.

    In the community of Abinti, the team approached the ruler of the area, Mr. Akeng Nelson.

    Leading the team, Nelson said most households had moved from their ancestral homes due to destruction that left most roofs leaking.

  •   The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has distributed relief materials to 151 affected households in the federal constituency of Ikom Boki in Cross River The Director General of NEMA Mr Mustapha Ahmed started the distribution exercise in the local government area of Ikom Ahmed who was represented by the NEMA Coordinator South South Mr Godwin Tepikor expressed solidarity with the victims of the disaster that affected their buildings in 2021 He informed them that the items were not compensation for their losses but President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment through NEMA to identify with Nigerians in distress He advised them to make good use of the elements of their house The Nigerian News Agency reports that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with officials from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency Items include 300 bags of rice 300 bags of beans 300 bags of garri 100 barrels of vegetable oil 300 bags of cement 300 pieces of roofing boards 200 packages of roofing sheets bags of nails packages of zinc nails among others Also speaking at the event Rep Chris Agibe Ikom Boki thanked the federal government for reaching out to their constituents in their time of need Agibe said the items would go a long way in cushioning the impact of the disaster on his constituents One of the beneficiaries Mrs Diwa Mary expressed joy and gratitude to the Federal Government and NEMA for coming to help them She said the items would allow them to reclaim their lives after the disaster Another beneficiary Mr Papa Assi thanked NEMA and the Federal Government for the gesture which he said would go a long way in rebuilding his damaged buildings
    NEMA distributes relief materials to 151 households in C/River
      The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has distributed relief materials to 151 affected households in the federal constituency of Ikom Boki in Cross River The Director General of NEMA Mr Mustapha Ahmed started the distribution exercise in the local government area of Ikom Ahmed who was represented by the NEMA Coordinator South South Mr Godwin Tepikor expressed solidarity with the victims of the disaster that affected their buildings in 2021 He informed them that the items were not compensation for their losses but President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment through NEMA to identify with Nigerians in distress He advised them to make good use of the elements of their house The Nigerian News Agency reports that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with officials from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency Items include 300 bags of rice 300 bags of beans 300 bags of garri 100 barrels of vegetable oil 300 bags of cement 300 pieces of roofing boards 200 packages of roofing sheets bags of nails packages of zinc nails among others Also speaking at the event Rep Chris Agibe Ikom Boki thanked the federal government for reaching out to their constituents in their time of need Agibe said the items would go a long way in cushioning the impact of the disaster on his constituents One of the beneficiaries Mrs Diwa Mary expressed joy and gratitude to the Federal Government and NEMA for coming to help them She said the items would allow them to reclaim their lives after the disaster Another beneficiary Mr Papa Assi thanked NEMA and the Federal Government for the gesture which he said would go a long way in rebuilding his damaged buildings
    NEMA distributes relief materials to 151 households in C/River
    General news7 months ago

    NEMA distributes relief materials to 151 households in C/River

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to 151 affected households in the federal constituency of Ikom/Boki in Cross River.

    The Director General of NEMA, Mr. Mustapha Ahmed, started the distribution exercise in the local government area of ​​Ikom.

    Ahmed, who was represented by the NEMA Coordinator, South South, Mr. Godwin Tepikor, expressed solidarity with the victims of the disaster that affected their buildings in 2021.

    He informed them that the items were not compensation for their losses, but President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment through NEMA to identify with Nigerians in distress.

    He advised them to make good use of the elements of their house.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with officials from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency.

    Items include, 300 bags of rice, 300 bags of beans, 300 bags of garri, 100 barrels of vegetable oil, 300 bags of cement, 300 pieces of roofing boards, 200 packages of roofing sheets, bags of nails, packages of zinc nails, among others.

    Also speaking at the event, Rep. Chris Agibe, (Ikom/Boki), thanked the federal government for reaching out to their constituents in their time of need.

    Agibe said the items would go a long way in cushioning the impact of the disaster on his constituents.

    One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Diwa Mary, expressed joy and gratitude to the Federal Government and NEMA for coming to help them.

    She said the items would allow them to reclaim their lives after the disaster.

    Another beneficiary, Mr. Papa Assi, thanked NEMA and the Federal Government for the gesture, which he said would go a long way in rebuilding his damaged buildings.

  •  By George Odok The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has identified 10 Local Government Areas in Cross River that falls under the probable flood risk areas in view of the Annual Flood Outlook for 2021 The Agency also identified two local government areas in the state that falls under the highly probable risk areas for 2021 Director General of NEMA retired AVM Muhammadu Muhammed said this in Ikom local government area while distributing relief materials to victims of windstorm in the area The DG who was represented by Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA South South urged the state government to immediately commence their preparedness mitigation and response activities to mitigate the impact He mentioned the 10 local government areas to include Yakurr Calabar Municipal Akpabuyo Obubra Bakassi Ogoja Biase Etung Odukpani and Ikom He explained that the two local government areas in the state that falls under highly probable risks areas were Calabar South and Abi The State should immediately commence their preparedness mitigation and response activities so as to mitigate the impact of the predicted flood on the vulnerable local government areas he said The Agency distributed relief materials to over 1 112 households affected by windstorm in four communities in Ikom local government area of Cross River The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the distribution followed the windstorm disaster that occured on May 25 2020 in Ogomogom Akorofono Nkarasi and Abinti communities all in Ikom local government area of the state The DG said that the items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari following the recommendation from the Agency as humanitarian assistance to the affected persons The items distributed were bags of rice beans and garri tomato paste kegs of palm oil wrappers blankets bundles of roofing sheets cement bags of nails zinc and ceiling boards He urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items In his remarks Mr Princewill Ayim the Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency thanked NEMA for their intervention in ameliorating the plights of the victims The Chairman of Ikom local government area Mr Kingsley Egumi thanked Buhari and NEMA for the timely response to the concerns of their people pledging that the items would be judiciously utilized Mr Mfam Akong who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked Buhari and NEMA for coming to their assistance in time of need NAN NAN
    NEMA warns of probable flood in 10 C/River areas
     By George Odok The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has identified 10 Local Government Areas in Cross River that falls under the probable flood risk areas in view of the Annual Flood Outlook for 2021 The Agency also identified two local government areas in the state that falls under the highly probable risk areas for 2021 Director General of NEMA retired AVM Muhammadu Muhammed said this in Ikom local government area while distributing relief materials to victims of windstorm in the area The DG who was represented by Mr Godwin Tepikor the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA South South urged the state government to immediately commence their preparedness mitigation and response activities to mitigate the impact He mentioned the 10 local government areas to include Yakurr Calabar Municipal Akpabuyo Obubra Bakassi Ogoja Biase Etung Odukpani and Ikom He explained that the two local government areas in the state that falls under highly probable risks areas were Calabar South and Abi The State should immediately commence their preparedness mitigation and response activities so as to mitigate the impact of the predicted flood on the vulnerable local government areas he said The Agency distributed relief materials to over 1 112 households affected by windstorm in four communities in Ikom local government area of Cross River The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the distribution followed the windstorm disaster that occured on May 25 2020 in Ogomogom Akorofono Nkarasi and Abinti communities all in Ikom local government area of the state The DG said that the items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari following the recommendation from the Agency as humanitarian assistance to the affected persons The items distributed were bags of rice beans and garri tomato paste kegs of palm oil wrappers blankets bundles of roofing sheets cement bags of nails zinc and ceiling boards He urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items In his remarks Mr Princewill Ayim the Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency thanked NEMA for their intervention in ameliorating the plights of the victims The Chairman of Ikom local government area Mr Kingsley Egumi thanked Buhari and NEMA for the timely response to the concerns of their people pledging that the items would be judiciously utilized Mr Mfam Akong who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked Buhari and NEMA for coming to their assistance in time of need NAN NAN
    NEMA warns of probable flood in 10 C/River areas
    Environment1 year ago

    NEMA warns of probable flood in 10 C/River areas

    By George OdokThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has identified 10 Local Government Areas in Cross River that falls under the probable flood risk areas in view of the Annual Flood Outlook for 2021.The Agency also identified two local government areas in the state that falls under the highly probable risk areas for 2021.Director-General of NEMA, retired AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, said this in Ikom local government area while distributing relief materials to victims of windstorm in the area.The DG, who was represented by Mr Godwin Tepikor, the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South South, urged the state government to immediately commence their preparedness, mitigation and response activities to mitigate the impact.He mentioned the 10 local government areas to include Yakurr, Calabar Municipal, Akpabuyo, Obubra, Bakassi, Ogoja, Biase, Etung, Odukpani and Ikom.He explained that the two local government areas in the state that falls under highly probable risks areas were Calabar South and Abi.“The State should immediately commence their preparedness, mitigation and response activities so as to mitigate the impact of the predicted flood on the vulnerable local government areas,” he said.The Agency distributed relief materials to over 1,112 households affected by windstorm in four communities in Ikom local government area of Cross River.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the distribution followed the windstorm disaster that occured on May 25, 2020 in Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi and Abinti communities, all in Ikom local government area of the state.The DG said that the items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the recommendation from the Agency as humanitarian assistance to the affected persons.The items distributed were bags of rice, beans and garri, tomato paste, kegs of palm oil, wrappers, blankets, bundles of roofing sheets, cement, bags of nails, zinc and ceiling boards.He urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items.In his remarks, Mr Princewill Ayim, the Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, thanked NEMA for their intervention in ameliorating the plights of the victims.The Chairman of Ikom local government area, Mr Kingsley Egumi, thanked Buhari and NEMA for the timely response to the concerns of their people, pledging that the items would be judiciously utilized.Mr Mfam Akong, who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked Buhari and NEMA for coming to their assistance in time of need. (NAN)(NAN)

  •   By George OdokThe National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has inspected buildings and installations destroyed by the April 22 windstorm in the University of Calabar Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Florence Obi conducted the NEMA team round the affected buildings on campus on Saturday in Calabar The affected buildings include the Medical College Post Graduate School Faculty of Education Printing Press Senate Chambers open pavilion and Department of Medical Laboratory Others are the Sen Godswill Akpabio Engineering Lecture Theatre telecommunication mast the Isolation Centre electrical and solar installations the Vice Chancellor s office the male and females hostels among others Speaking after the tour the South South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Mr Godwin Tepikor sympathised with the University over the unfortunate incident We are here at the instance of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency office that informed us about the disaster in UNICAL Our responsibility is to do an assessment we have gone round the University and we have seen the level of damage in the University We are going to compile our report and send to our headquarters in Abuja We should be hopeful that something will be done about this assessment we just did he said Earlier the VC told the NEMA team that the Printing Press was badly affected by the windstorm She lamented that the University had equipped the Printing Press with modern facilities worth millions of Naira with a view to operate as a commercial centre before the destruction The equipment were all destroyed including printed materials This has affected us greatly as a University Because of the urgency to protect the equipment in the Printing Press we had to start some remedial work because Calabar is in a rain zone and we don t want to take more chances for our equipment to be further destroyed I am happy that NEMA has responded by coming for an on the spot assessment of the facilities that were destroyed Again I want to appeal to the Ministry of Niger Delta Niger Delta Development Commission Presidential Committee on Disaster Management Ministry of Education Tertiary Education Trust Fund Alumni and others to come to our aid The destruction was so huge that we really need relevant government agencies corporate organisations and well meaning Nigerians to come and support us she said The VC lamented that the University s Isolation Centre that was newly inaugurated was badly affected and all the beds and equipment destroyed NAN NAN
    Windstorm: NEMA inspects destroyed buildings, installations in UNICAL
      By George OdokThe National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has inspected buildings and installations destroyed by the April 22 windstorm in the University of Calabar Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Florence Obi conducted the NEMA team round the affected buildings on campus on Saturday in Calabar The affected buildings include the Medical College Post Graduate School Faculty of Education Printing Press Senate Chambers open pavilion and Department of Medical Laboratory Others are the Sen Godswill Akpabio Engineering Lecture Theatre telecommunication mast the Isolation Centre electrical and solar installations the Vice Chancellor s office the male and females hostels among others Speaking after the tour the South South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Mr Godwin Tepikor sympathised with the University over the unfortunate incident We are here at the instance of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency office that informed us about the disaster in UNICAL Our responsibility is to do an assessment we have gone round the University and we have seen the level of damage in the University We are going to compile our report and send to our headquarters in Abuja We should be hopeful that something will be done about this assessment we just did he said Earlier the VC told the NEMA team that the Printing Press was badly affected by the windstorm She lamented that the University had equipped the Printing Press with modern facilities worth millions of Naira with a view to operate as a commercial centre before the destruction The equipment were all destroyed including printed materials This has affected us greatly as a University Because of the urgency to protect the equipment in the Printing Press we had to start some remedial work because Calabar is in a rain zone and we don t want to take more chances for our equipment to be further destroyed I am happy that NEMA has responded by coming for an on the spot assessment of the facilities that were destroyed Again I want to appeal to the Ministry of Niger Delta Niger Delta Development Commission Presidential Committee on Disaster Management Ministry of Education Tertiary Education Trust Fund Alumni and others to come to our aid The destruction was so huge that we really need relevant government agencies corporate organisations and well meaning Nigerians to come and support us she said The VC lamented that the University s Isolation Centre that was newly inaugurated was badly affected and all the beds and equipment destroyed NAN NAN
    Windstorm: NEMA inspects destroyed buildings, installations in UNICAL
    Environment1 year ago

    Windstorm: NEMA inspects destroyed buildings, installations in UNICAL

    By George Odok
    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inspected buildings and installations destroyed by the April 22 windstorm in the University of Calabar.

    Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Florence Obi, conducted the NEMA team round the affected buildings on campus on Saturday in Calabar.

    The affected buildings include; the Medical College, Post Graduate School, Faculty of Education, Printing Press, Senate Chambers, open pavilion and Department of Medical Laboratory.

    Others are the Sen. Godswill Akpabio Engineering Lecture Theatre, telecommunication mast, the Isolation Centre, electrical and solar installations, the Vice Chancellor’s office, the male and females hostels among others.

    Speaking after the tour, the South South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Godwin Tepikor, sympathised with the University over the unfortunate incident.

    “We are here at the instance of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency office that informed us about the disaster in UNICAL.

    “Our responsibility is to do an assessment; we have gone round the University and we have seen the level of damage in the University.

    “We are going to compile our report and send to our headquarters in Abuja. We should be hopeful that something will be done about this assessment we just did,” he said.

    Earlier, the VC told the NEMA team that the Printing Press was badly affected by the windstorm.

    She lamented that the University had equipped the Printing Press with modern facilities worth millions of Naira with a view to operate as a commercial centre before the destruction.

    “The equipment were all destroyed including printed materials. This has affected us greatly as a University.

    “Because of the urgency to protect the equipment in the Printing Press, we had to start some remedial work because Calabar is in a rain zone and we don’t want to take more chances for our equipment to be further destroyed.

    “I am happy that NEMA has responded by coming for an on the spot assessment of the facilities that were destroyed.

    “Again, I want to appeal to the Ministry of Niger Delta, Niger Delta Development Commission, Presidential Committee on Disaster Management, Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Alumni and others to come to our aid.

    “The destruction was so huge that we really need relevant government agencies, corporate organisations and well meaning Nigerians to come and support us,” she said.

    The VC lamented that the University’s Isolation Centre that was newly inaugurated was badly affected and all the beds and equipment destroyed. (NAN)

    (NAN)