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.
Mr Ahmed Habib, the Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has appealed to the Jigawa Government to set aside ”predictable” funds for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs).
Habib made the appeal when he visited Gov. Muhammad Badaru in Dutse on Tuesday.
He said that the funds will assist SEMA and LEMCs to render swift intervention and response.
The director-general lauded the state government for being the first to take disaster risk management to the grassroots by establishing LEMCs across the 27 Local Government Areas.
“I’m sure the good people of Jigawa have started benefiting from that laudable action of the state government, hence, I want to appeal to Your Excellency to set aside predictable funding to SEMA and LEMCs across all the council areas for timely intervention in saving lives and safeguard livelihoods whenever disaster hits.
“As we always say; disasters are always local, the life first responders are always local.
Furthermore, disasters have become part and parcel of life and we must learn to mitigate them, reduced their impact, transfer losses through insurance and learn to live with them in extreme cases,” the director-general said.
He assured government of the agency’s continued support to SEMA in areas of capacity building, relief intervention and the sharing of disaster response assets.
“Not long ago, we invited the Executive Secretary, Jigawa SEMA for a one-week training programme and incident management system in Abuja.
“We’ll soon invite SEMA for a high level International Disaster Management Training organised by the Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC),”he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Habib was in the state to hand over additional food and non-food items to Jigawa Government for onward distribution to flood victims in the state.
The items include: 15,650 of 10kg bags of rice, 14,450 of 10kg bags of beans, 12,550 of 10kg bags of maize, 1,750 of 20lts of vegetable oil, 1,170 cartons of seasoning cubes, 400 cartons of tin tomato, 24,900 pieces of nylon mat and 6,500 pieces of mosquito nets.
Others are: 6,500 pieces of guinea brocade, 7,000 pieces of children wears, 4,000 pieces of men and women wears each, 125 bags of salt, 7,500 bags of cement, 5,600 bundles of roofing sheets, 1,200 pieces of 3inc nail and 1,500 pieces of zinc nail.
Also, 8,900 pieces of blanket, 700 pieces of mattresses, 1,200 pieces of wax print and 2,900 pieces of ceiling board.
Receiving the items, the governor, represented by his Deputy, Malam Umar Namadi, said that over 222,000 people were affected by the disaster, among which 76,000 were displaced, while 124 others lost their lives.
The governor, who commended the agency for the gesture, assured that the items would be distributed to the targeted victims.
The Kwara House of Assembly has called on the state government to collaborate with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in providing relief materials to flood victims in the state.
This followed a Motion on Notice, titled “Need to Avert Effects of Flood in Communities Along River Niger in Kwara State”, sponsored by the lawmaker representing Patigi Constituency, Mr Rufai Adam, at Tuesday’s plenary.
Adam described Patigi constituency as one of the major rice producers in Nigeria affected by flood that must not be neglected.
He said communities around the river bank areas in Patigi Local Government Area have lost enormous farm produce and other valuables amounting to millions of Naira to flood.
Mr Felix Awodiji (Irepodun Constituency), in his contribution, said apart from the provision of relief materials, the state government should continue the dredging of the rivers to allow free flow of water in order to mitigate flooding.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Raphael Adetiba (Oke-Ero constituency) urged people residing in river banks to vacate the areas to safer locations to guard against loss of lives, destruction of farmland and property.
Reading the resolutions of the House, Speaker Yakubu Salihu urged the state government to assist flood victims through synergy with Hydroelectric Power Producing Area Development Commission (HYPADEC) to minimise the effects of flood.
In another development, the Auditor General’s Report on the Accounts of the State Government for 2021 was submitted and the speaker referred it to the House Committee on Public Accounts for further legislative action.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has handed over additional food and non-food items to Jigawa Government for onward distribution to flood victims in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items were handed over to Gov. Muhammad Badaru of the state by the Director-General of the agency, Mr Ahmed Habib, in Dutse Tuesday.
NAN also reports that the items include 15,650 10kg bags of rice, 14,450 10kg bags of beans, 12,550 10kg bags of maize, 1,750 20lt of vegetable oil, 1,170 cartons of seasoning cubes, 400 cartons of tin tomato, 24,900 pieces of nylon mat and 6,500 pieces of mosquito nets.
Others are 6,500 pieces of guinea brocade, 7,000 pieces of children wears, 4,000 pieces of men and women wears each, 125 bags of salt, 7,500 bags of cement, 5,600 bundles of roofing sheets, 1,200 pieces of 3inc nail, 1,500 pieces of zinc nail, 8,900 pieces of blanket, 700 pieces of mattress, 1,200 pieces of wax print and 2,900 pieces of ceiling board.
While handing over the items, Habib said it has been on record that Jigawa was among the worst hit states during the 2022 flood season.
“As a result of this, on Aug. 11, NEMA, working with SEMA handed over relief items to the heavily impacted LGAs of Jigawa.
“During the same period, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development flagged off the distribution of conditional cash transfer to women in Dutse,” Habib said.
Receiving the items, Badaru, represented by his Deputy, Malam Umar Namadi, said that over 222,000 people were affected by the disaster, among which 76,000 were displaced, while 124 others lost thier lives.
The governor, who commended the agency for the gesture, assured that the items would be distributed the targeted victims.
NAN also reports that the agency, in Aug., distributed relief items to victims in Hadejia, Kirikasamma, Kafinhausa, Birniwa, Kaugama and Malammadori LGAs of the of the state.
The items were: 7,650 bags of rice, 6,450 bags of maize, 950 of 20litres of vegetable oil, 530 cartons of seasoning, 50 bags of 20kg salt and 6,000 bags of cement.
Others are: 4,400 bundles of roofing sheet, 900 bags of 3inch nail, 1,100 packets of zinc nail, 2,900 pieces of ceiling board, 2,900 pieces of blanket and 5,900 pieces of nylon mat.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed mobile water treatment plants in Jigawa, Benue and Kogi.Mr Nafuta Mahmood, NEMA’s Head of Water Purification in Jigawa, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.
Mahmood said the gesture was aimed at providing portable drinking water and prevent outbreak of waterborne diseases in the affected areas.
“The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib, directed for the deployment of a water purifying machine to three states in Nigeria-Jigawa, Benue and Kogi states respectively.
“What necessitated the deployment was as a result of the current floods in various states, resulting to saturation of the soil and overflow of septic tanks and pit latrines resulting to the pollution of the sources of portable drinking water.
“Team Jigawa headed by my humble self arrived Dutse on Friday and entered Hadejia on Saturday and purification in Hadejia started on Sunday.
“The water purifying machine has a capacity of purifying 2,000 liters of water with 99.99% purity in an hour.
“The system uses Reverse osmosis, a water purification process that uses a partially permeable membrane to separate ions, unwanted molecules and larger particles from drinking water.
“And the main purpose of the operation is to provide portable drinking water and bring the outbreak of water borne disease to its bearers minimum,” Mahmood said.
According to him, the agency’s Search and Rescue officers trained on the use of the plant were currently conducting the exercise in various communities ravaged by flood in the benefiting states.
The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Friday in Abuja warned Abuja residents against ignoring early flood warnings from the weather forecast agencies.
The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abba Idriss, issued the warning at the 2022 FEMA Annual Review and Preparedness Meeting with over 250 Local Divers, Community Vanguards, Flood Rescue Teams and 50 Town Criers.
He said that the meeting was coming at a time when flood warnings from the weather forecast agencies, especially Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), are issuing serious flood alerts almost on a daily basis.
Idriss said the rising water levels in the nation’s major rivers in the country – especially River Niger and River Benue – couple with the threats coming from the Lagdo dam in Cameroon are issues of great concern.
Idriss emphasised the need for residents to abide and obey the early warning and would be issued out to them from time to time through the conventional and social media.
According to him, as soon as the agency get flood early warning it will disseminate the information so that people will take advantage of that.
He therefore urged residents to ensure that they get information about the way they will pass through before leaving their homes, offices and markets.
“The reason why we call for this meeting is first to alert our local divers, volunteers, vanguards and town criers on the likelihood of flooding.
“Secondly, is to call on the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to be on their alert as well that all is not well yet.
We have to be watchful, we have to keep observing those environmental laws and we also have to abide by the building code.
“FCT residents must also ensure that they don’t block drainages, avoid building on the waterways and also avoid driving on a running water.
People shouldn’t undermine water they see on the road to think that they have high capacity vehicle that move on running water.
” Earlier, Mrs Florence Wenegieme, the Director, Forecasting Response Mitigation of FEMA, explained that the event was organised to review with stakeholders especially the local divers, volunteers, vanguards, local emergency committee and town criers.
Wenegieme expressed optimism that the meeting would help the agency to save lives and properties in the nation’s capital.
“We call them three or four times annually to review all the activities; to reactivate them, to know that they should always be on standby because we want all hands to be on deck to mitigate flood and other disasters in the territory.
“We have almost 600 volunteers, local divers, town criers.
We are doing the meeting by representation, we call over 200 today and next meeting we will call another set of 200 persons again to make sure that we create the needed awareness in them.
“We are training them on how to use use modern rescue equipment when somebody get drown in the river or in the wall,” she said.
Also, the Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Mr Clement Nze, reiterated the resolve of the agency to deepen partnership with FEMA in coordinating issues around water and flooding.
“I will say that we are aware of most of the activities of State Emergency Management Agency and out of all of them FEMA is on top in terms of being relevant on community development “We are delighted to associate ourselves with FEMA based on what we see on ground being done by the DG.
“I want to urge the divers and vanguards, local emergency committee, town criers and flood rescue team to see their role as very important in tackling flood in FCT.
” Similarly, the Director-General, NiMet, Prof. Mansur Matazu, also expressed willingness of the agency to deepen partnership with FEMA, adding that the agency has been very cooperative in emergency management.
Represented by Mr Kamorudeen Alao, the Assistant General Manager, Hydro, Matazu said the partnership which was beyond the issue of downscaling would continue to grow stronger.
On his part, the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mustapha Ahmed, said the meeting was very critical to mitigating flood and other disasters in the FCT.
Represented by Mr Agbor Etim, NEMA’s Principal Search and Rescue Officer, Ahmed said disaster management was all encompassing, adding that everybody need to be on board to help ensure effective disaster management.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said four persons died while one was rescued in the building collapse at Oye Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, in Mushin, Lagos.
The NEMA South West Zonal Cordinator, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview.
He said two males and two females died, while one person was rescued in the building collapse.
Earlier, the Lagos State Government also said it would investigate the cause of the building collapse.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, made this known in a statement made available to NAN.
While visiting the site of the three storey building, which was said to be about 40 years old, he directed that the building be pulled down immediately for safety reasons and to forestall further collapse.
He directed the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory to unravel the cause of the collapse.
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.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) donated relief materials to flood victims in Niger on Thursday in Minna.
The relief materials were presented by Dr Onimode Abdullahi, Director, Special Duties, who represented the NEMA Director-General, Malam Mustapha Ahmed.
He said the donation was part of the continuous collaboration between the agency and Niger government.
The relief materials are 2,500 bags of 10kg rice, 2,500 bags of 10kg Maize, and 2,500 bags of 10kg Beans, 100 kegs of vegetable oil and 200 cartoons of seasoning cubes.
Others are 300 bags of salts, 900 bags of 50kg cement, 100 bags of 25kg nails, 300 bundles of roofing sheets, 100 packets of zinc nails and 6,000 pieces of textiles.
Also in the donation are 6,000 prices of Guinea brocade, 6,000 pieces of men’s wear, 7,000 pieces of children’s wear, 7,000 pieces of women’s wear and 3,000 prices of plastic buckets.
Three thousand pieces of plates, 3,000 pieces of plastic cups, 200 pieces of spoons, 200 pieces of sanitary pads, 200 cartoons of toilet soap and 100 sets of four-in-one cooking pots are also part of the materials.
On top of that are 100 cooking stoves, 2,500 mattresses, 2,500 insecticide-treated mosquito nets, 2,500 nylon mats, 2,500 blankets and 2,500 bath towels.
Ahmed said the intervention was to assist flood victims to get back on their feet and restart normal lives, adding that the Federal Government was concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state.
He appealed to the state government to take disaster risk governance to the grassroots through the setting up of Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) in all council areas.
He also appealed to the state to set aside a predictable funding to the state’s Emergency Management Committee and the LEMCs to enable timely intervention and the saving of lives in the event of disasters.
Responding, Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and NEMA for providing support to the flood victims.
He assured that the relief intervention would go a long way to alleviate the plight of victims.
The governor said the state government was making efforts to ensure that communities in flood prone areas were relocated to higher grounds and called for Federal Government’s support to that effect.
He also appealed to NEMA to visit the affected communities to assess the level of damage caused by flood to enable the agency to give more support to victims.
Gov. Bello was represented at the presentation by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday presented relief materials to Kano State for distribution to flood victims in four local governments areas (LGAs).
The Director-General NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed-Habib, who made the disclosure while presenting the relief materials in Kano, said that the Kantin Kwari Market would also benefit from the donation.
The benefitting LGAs are Kiru, Albasu, Ajingi and Dawakin Kudu. According to Ahmed-Habib, the items distributed included 4,200 (10-kg bags) of rice, 4,200 bags of beans, 4,200 bags of maize, 700 kegs of 20 litres of vegetable oil, 350 cartons of seasoning cube and 100 cartons of tomato paste.
Other items were 2,100 bags of cement, 1,600 bundles of roofing sheets, 300 bags of 25kg (3 inch roofing nails), 600 packets of zinc nails, 800 pieces of ceiling boards, 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, 1,000 pieces of guinea brocade and 1,000 pieces of wax prints.
“One thousand pieces of men’s wear, 1,000 pieces of women wear, 1,000 pieces of children wear, 1,500 pieces of blankets and 2,800 nylon mat.
“We are here to present the relief materials and commiserate with the government and people of Kano State on behalf of the Federal Government over the unfortunate disaster incidents in the state,” Ahmed-Habib said.
He explained that the intervention was a testimony of the Federal Government`s concern for the welfare and wellbeing of the people.
He commended the state government for taking disaster risk management to the grassroots through Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC).
He reiterated the continuous support of the agency in the area of capacity building, relief intervention and sharing of disaster response assets, especially with NEMA Territorial Office in Kano. Responding, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje praised NEMA for providing the state with the relief materials, adding that they would go a long way to ameliorate the victims sufferings.
He noted that the state government would not relent in its effort to improve the welfare of the people.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Kantin Kwari Market, Alhaji Abba Muhammad Bello, commended NEMA and SEMA for the donation.