The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has supported some victims of recent flood disaster in his constistuency with N4 million.
Abdullahi (APC-), Toto Local Government Area of the state, provided the support at the palace of the Ohimege Opanda, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, on Friday in Umaisha.
According to him, the money is meant to cushion the effects of the flood on the affected constituents.
“Last two weeks, the State House of Assembly came up with a resolution under Matters of Public Importance, calling on the state government to urgently assist our people that were ravaged by flood.
“The unfortunate incident did not only happened in Toto Local Government Area alone, but it also happened in Nassarawa, Doma as well as Awe Local Government Areas of the state and in some other states of the federation.
“So as a follow up, I am here today to sympathise with my people who were ravaged by this unfortunate flood incident.
“I have donated N4 million to them to enable them buy food stuff in order to cushion the effect of the flood,” he said.
The speaker added that the gesture would also the victims a sense of belonging.
Abdullahi however urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose it was provided, adding that it is to put smiles on their faces.
The speaker assured the residents that the state government would soon also come to their aid.
“I want to tell you that the state government will soon come to your aid by way of providing relief materials.
“Already, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated relief materials to the state government through the state Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA).
“The state government has also purchased its own relief materials to be given to the flood victims.
“And very soon, the distribution of the relief materials will commence; Gov. Sule has given me that assurance,” he said.
He enjoined the residents to always adhere to government regulations and advices of not building on waterways to avoid flooding in the area.
“I am also reminding our people to always be guided and follow regulations and directives given by the government on preventive measures against flood.
“Residents should not build or erect illegal structures on the waterways.
They should live in safer environments in the interest of their health and for the overall development of the area and the state at large,” he urged.
The speaker also called on residents of the area to vote for Gov. Abdullahi Sule and other APC candidates in the 2023 general election.
Respodinge, the Ohimege Opanda of Umaisha, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, commended the speaker for being their good representative at the state legislature and for always coming to the aid of his constituents.
Abdullahi informed the speaker of the material and financial support the residents had received from Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman, Mr Shehu Tukur and Alhaji Ahmed Wadada.
He also acknowledged the financial support and donations of the APC and SDP Nasarawa West senatorial candidates, Aliyu Abdullahi Tasha, and the Chairman of Toto Local Government Council.
The first traditional ruler assured the speaker of judicious distribution of the items to the affected residents.
He however appealed to other well-meaning organisations and philanthropists to help the flood victims.
Responding on behalf of the flood victims, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, thanked the speaker for the donation and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
“We thank you very much for the assistance and we pray Almighty Allah to bless and reward you abundantly,” he said.
Abdullahi also told the speaker that the Ohimege Opanda had also supported the flood victims with N1.5 million.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has donated relief materials for distribution to more than 400,000 people displaced by flood in Nasarawa State.
The Director-General, NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib-Ahmed, made the donation to the state government in Lafia on Thursday.
Habib-Ahmed, represented by Dr Fatima Kassim, Director of Planning and Forecasting, NEMA, said the recent widespread flood in several states of the country, including Nasarawa was due to the heavy downpour and release of water from the Lagdo dam in Cameroon.
He said that 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) were affected in Nasarawa state which are, Awe, Toto, Keana, Doma and Nasarawa.
He said others are flash points, included Nassarawa Eggon, Keffi, Obi, Lafia, Wamba and Karu LGAs.The director-general said that while the Federal Government commiserated with the victims, it could not compensate for lives and properties lost or the aftermath trauma.
“What the Federal Government does through NEMA is to help people get back to their feet and restart their lives with relief interventions.
“Relief intervention is a testimony that the Federal Government through NEMA is always concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the people,” he saidHabib-Ahmed said that disaster was inevitable, hence the need to learn to prepare for them, mitigate their impact and transfer losses through insurance.
He appealed to the state government to take disaster risk reduction to the grassroots where most incidents happen.
“In addition, set up of functional and vibrant Local Emergency Management Committed in every LGA is the way to go to ensure timely intervention to save lives when disasters occur,” he said.
The NEMA boss thanked the government for its cooperation and assured the state of the agency’s continuous support.
Receiving the items, Gov. Abdullahi Sule, represented by his Deputy Gov. Emmanuel Akabe, thanked NEMA for the gesture, saying it would go a long way to ameliorate the plight of the victims.
He said that the state government had been proactive through its Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) in planning for disasters, especially flooding.
According to him, the state government has made budgetary provision and embarked on massive awareness campaign on flood through NASEMA as well as identified alternative arrangement for those living in floodplains.
He, however, said that the recent devastation caused by flooding was more than the state government anticipated.
Sule further said that the state government was doing its best to provide relief materials to the victims but needed more support given its lean resources and several competing demands.
He, therefore, called for more support from NEMA, assuring that the relief items and that of the state government would be judiciously distributed to the affected persons.
In his remarks, Mr Zachary Allumaga, Executive Secretary, NASEMA, said that more than 400,000 people were displaced by the flood in 92 communities across 11 LGAs of the state.
He expressed gratitude to NEMA for the items and appealed for more from other agencies and good spirited individuals.
Allumaga pointed out that the relief items from NEMA and the state government was grossly inadequate considering the enormity of the disaster.
He gave assurance that the governor would soon visit the affected areas to distribute the items to the victims.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated included mattresses, blankets, bath towels, nylon mats, mosquito nets, cooking stoves and pots.
Others include plastics buckets, plates and spoons, wrappers, toilet soaps and detergents, sanitary pads and baby diapers as well as clothing for men, women and children.
Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA), says no fewer than 361,000 persons have been displaced by flood following recent heavy rains in the state.
Mr Zachary Allumaga, the Executive Secretary, NASEMA, told newsmen on Thursday in Lafia that the flood affected about 23 communities in seven local government areas of the state.
He said that there is high probability that more than one million people could be displaced by flood in the state before the end of rainy season.
He said the agency had despatched search and rescue team and its officials to the affected areas and communities for immediate assessment.
Allumaga said that Nasarawa was among the states that the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet) predicted to experience serious flooding in 2022, particularly in the month of September and October.
“Towards that effect, NASEMA with the authority of the governor started sensitising the people living at the flood-prone areas like Nasarawa, Toto, Doma, Awe, Lafia, Obi, Karu and Akwanga.
“Five speed boats and live jackets were given to five LGAs along the coast of River Benue, unfortunately, flood has started ravaging in Lafia, Obi, Nasarawa, Toto, Awe, Doma and Karu with one death recorded,” he said.
According to Allumaga, the efforts are been made to assist the displaced persons with some relief materials to cushion hardship they are currently facing as a result of the flood.
“We are making purchase of food items and non food items such as grains, rice, beans, oils, mattresses, mats, blankets, toiletries, buckets, cups, food children clothes, mosquito nets among others for onward distribution to the affected persons,” Allumaga said.
He, however, appealed to the people living in the riverine areas to move to higher ground, adding that the rains would increase with the likelihood of more flood in the months of September and October.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has called on the Federal Government to provide relief materials for victims of recent flood disaster in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the appeal after Alhaji Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader, raised the issue under matters of urgent public importance at plenary in Lafia on Monday.
Abdullahi said that the devastated effect of flooding across the state was colossal, hence the need for the intervention.
He said that such support would ameliorate effect of the disaster that wreaked havoc in many communities across the state.
“I want to use this medium to appreciate Hon. Tanko Tunga and all members for your contributions on this subject matter.
“I am also directly affected as 50 per cent of my people are living in riverine communities.
“The devastated effects of flood are huge across the state as many lives, animals, buildings, farm lands, among other properties, are destroyed.
“Many communities across the state affected by the flood are homeless, they are no longer living in their homes,” he said.
The speaker said that because of the effects of flood on the people, he is appealing to the state and federal governments to urgently provide relief materials to the victims.
“I also want to call on the state government to relocate communities affected by flood to a safer place for their comfortability and to improve on their standard of living,” he said.
The speaker also urged the state government to provide more funds to the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) to enable the agency discharge its duties effectively.
He however advised the national and state emergency agencies, Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) and the National Orientation Agency to be more proactive in their duties.
According to him, people should be sensitised on the dangers of flooding and ensure proper development control across the state.
In his contribution, Mr John Osewu (APC- Doma South) lamented how flood destroyed houses and properties especially among his constituents, rendering them homeless.
He also called for proper funding of NASEMA and urged NUDB to ensure proper development control in the state to avoid flooding.
Earlier, Tunga who raised the issue, said that the 2022 flood appeared to be worst.
“This year’s flooding has inflicted injuries on the lives of many people across the state.
“It has caused a lot of damages to people, destroyed houses and farmlands, even properties were also destroyed.
“I want to call on the government to see how it can alleviate the suffering of the flood victims across the state,” he submitted.
The Nasarawa State Government has reaffirmed its commitment toward empowering the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state with requisite skills and knowledge to enable them to become self-reliant.Gov. Abdullahi Sule said this on Friday in Lafia during the graduation and symbolic presentation of 166 sewing machines and accessories to 166 trained IDPs.In a speech at the event, he also announced scholarship award to two children – Dauda Joseph and Manasseh – who lost their parents to crises in the state.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the IDPs, comprising mainly women and youths, were trained in tailoring by the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA), together with UNDP and the people of Japan.The governor said the state government had established the Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim Vocation and Skills Acquisition Centre to train youths and women in vocational and technical education to enable them to start up small businesses.He described the training, presentation of certificates and sewing machines to the IDPs as significant.According to him, it will go a long way in availing them the opportunity to shake up idleness and engage in a production venture to enhance their economic wellbeing.Sule assured UNDP of government’s resolve to continue to support its programmes in the state.He urged other development partners and philanthropists to emulate the agency’s kind gesture to enable youths and women to be gainfully employed for the benefit of society.“In the recent past, we witnessed skirmishes that resulted in humanitarian crises because of displacement of some people from their homes to IDPs camps in some parts of the state, which informed the training of these IDPs,” he said.The Executive Secretary of NASEMA, Mr Zachary Allumaga, commended the development partners for their partnership that facilitated the training of the IDPs.Allumaga said the state government through NASEMA had received some relief materials from the Federal Government.He, however, appealed for more support, saying that the state government alone could not cater for the 40,000 IDPs in the state.The North Central Coordinator of UNDP, Mr Chukwuma Ume, described the training and empowerment of IDPs as part of UNDP’s Social Stability Programme for three crisis-torn states in the Middle Belt, including Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba. (
The Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) has started sensitization in the riverine communities and flood flash points to mitigate the negative impact of flooding.The Executive Secretary, NASEMA, Mr Zachary Allumaga, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia on Wednesday.Allumaga said that the sensitization became necessary considering the devastating effect of floods on livelihood.He said that the rainy season started earlier than expected with torrential rain.He said that NASEMA, saddled with the responsibility of mitigating and preventing disaster, would ensure that riverine communities and other flood flashpoints were adequately sensitised to the effects of flooding.The executive secretary said that the government was aware that the state was prone to flood due to the five local government areas that shared boundaries with the River Benue.“Nasarawa state is prone to flooding because of the five local government areas that share boundaries with the River Benue. Whenever the river rises, there will be flooding in the communities.“Hence, we are always prepared for prompt intervention to cushion effect of hardship on its citizens,” he said.The NASEMA boss, however, cautioned residents to stop disposing refuse on water ways and adhere strictly to flood warning by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.“The adherence to the agency’s warning will reduce cases of flooding.“NASEMA will always live up to its responsibility; we have to get prepared before and after the flood. For instance, we have started telling people to be careful.“As we are talking now, our boats are floating in five riverine communities bordering River Benue,” he said.Allumaga added that the state has identified high grounds where flood victims could be evacuated to and bought non-perishable items such as mattresses and blankets for displaced people in case of flooding.(NAN)
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Thursday flagged off a two-day stakeholders’ collaboration workshop on effective emergency preparedness and response to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the state.
The workshop was organised by the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) in Lafia.
Sule, represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe at the event, commended NASEMA for conceiving the idea of the workshop aimed at sensitising the public and creating awareness on the measures to manage disasters in the state.
“It is my conviction that this workshop will provide stakeholders with the desired technique to control and mange disasters in the state,’’ he said.
According to him, disaster is now part of the lives of Nigerians and humans across the world ranging from floods, wildfires, market fires, earth quakes, communal crisis amongst others, hence the need to create measures to mitigate the reoccurrence of the phenomenon.
“That is why this administration considers this workshop as very apt and timely in view of the devastating effect of disaster on the socio economic development of our society,’’ he said.
He expressed optimism that the workshop would impact on the stakeholders the knowledge to predict hazards as well as to protect communities and their assets against natural disasters.
“This event is an avenue for stakeholders on disaster management to be fully prepared towards addressing the mirage of our environment and other related challenges in the state,’’ he said.
In his welcome address, Barr. Zakari Allumaga, Executive Secretary, NASEMA appreciated the state governor for approving the workshop aimed sensitising disaster management stakeholders on best practices in the prevention and management of disasters in the state.
Allumaga said that the workshop would enhance for better coordinator among stakeholders, especially responders during disasters.
“From this workshop, all stakeholders both at the state and local government levels would know their responsibilities in disaster management,” he said.
He urged participants to take the workshop seriously so as to take home new methods on how to handle disasters in their various communities.
Edited By: Abigael Joshua and Isaac Ukpoju
The Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) says it is taking measures to mitigate possible humanitarian crises in the event of floods and other disasters in the state.
Mr Zakari Alumaga, Executive Secretary of NASEMA, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lafia in an interview with newsmen.
Alumaga said that having received prediction and early warning on eminent flood from relevant authority, the agency had embarked on aggressive campaign to sensitise the people, especially those living in flood prone areas.
He said that the state government had acquired 44 trucks load of assorted food and other relief items as well as prepared places for camping in the event of floods.
According to Alumaga, the state has five flood prone Local Government Areas (LGA) and two flash-point LGAs that were affected during the 2019 floods.
“Natural disasters such as floods, landslide are inevitable, to mitigate humanitarian crises, we have bought 44 trucks load of assorted food items in reserve. We also secured transit camps in the event of any of these disasters.
“We are aware of the prediction and warning from Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMeT), we are making provision for assorted foods and non-food items such as mattresses, beddings, blankets and toiletries so that when it happens, displaced persons can have some succour,’’ he said.
He said that NASEMA would sustain the awareness campaign on floods and environmental hazards associated with it.
Alumaga called on those living in floods prone areas to heed the warnings and move away from such places in order not to endanger their lives.
“We have been enjoined to look for houses in high places and prepare them in such a way that if there is floods we can move affected people there pending when the water level recedes before they can return to their homes,’’ he said.
He said that in August, the state recorded floods in three LGAs – Awe, Nasarawa and Toto.
Alumaga reminded the people that NiMeT had predicted that the state would witness heavy rainfall and floods in September, and urged them to desist from disposing wastes on water ways.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)