Flood: NEMA advises on conduct during, after rainfalThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has urged Lagos residents and the general public to obey safety guidelines during and after rainfall.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Zonal Coordinator, Southwest, NEMA, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
Farinloye said the need to abide by safety guidelines became necessary to avoid the devastating effects of flooding across the country.
He said that the second phase of the rainy season was expected to be more intense in volume and frequency and as such, there was the need to be prepared for it.
“Fortunately, the school children are on break; the risk of vulnerability to our children or wards now is less than when the schools were in session.
“We must ensure that the children are well kept and guided by educating them against moving or playing in the rain water when it is raining.
“We should discourage them from playing in the rain because there can be flash floods,” Farinloye said.
He further explained that the volume of rainfall sometimes could be more intense than the capability of the children to withstand it.
The zonal coordinator, therefore, urged parents to avoid sending children and teenagers on errands whenever the weather was cloudy.
“If you decide to send the children on errand when the weather is cloudy, rain can start falling and by the peculiarity of children, they like to play in the rain and anything can happen.
’’ He also appealed to traders and workers moving on the road to be careful, especially during rainfall, as flood water could be gathering.
“When the rainwater gets to half the rim of our vehicles, it has the tendency of sweeping away that vehicle.
“When you are also trekking on the road, if the flood gets to the ankle of your legs, it has the tendency of sweeping such persons away.
“So, know what to do.
Stop in a high place till the rain stops; when it stops, wait for some minutes to see the movement of rainwater in the drainage and canals before you start moving.
“This waiting is important because if it is a flash flood, it goes away about 10-15 minutes after the rainfall.
“It is then you will determine when to go, especially when you don’t know that terrain well,” Farinloye said.
He said that there was great wisdom in waiting because no matter your knowledge of the terrain, the drainage might have been washed off and you might think it is still intact.
The zonal coordinator also warned that staying under makeshift structures such as kiosks, Point of Sales (POS) shops and others could predispose one to the dangers of flooding.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has started the distribution of relief items to victims affected by flood in six local government areas of Jigawa.
The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Habib, was represented by the Coordinator, NEMA Kano Territorial Office, Mr Nura Abdullahi, at the event.
According to him, the benefiting local government areas are :Hadejia, Kirikasamma, Kafinhausa, Birniwa, Kaugama and Malammadori.
Habib said that the relief 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.
He said that flood and windstorm had led to the death of several people and destruction of houses and other infrastructure in different parts of the state, since the 2022 rainy season started.
Habib noted that floods were among the most devastating natural disasters in the world that had claimed more lives and damaged more properties than other natural phenomena.
He explained that in Nigeria, though not leading in terms of claiming lives, flood had affected and displaced more people than any other disaster; also it had caused more damage to properties.
The D-G added that at least 20 per cent of the population was at risk from one form of flooding or another.
He said that in 2021, flood occurred in nearly all the states of the federation, with severe consequences in at least 23 states including Jigawa.
Habib stated that the 2022 Annual Flood outlook (AFO) forecasted that 233 LGAs in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory are within highly probable flood risk areas.
He added that 212 LGAs in 35 states of the federation were within moderately probable flood risk areas.
According to him, already, the agency is inundated with reports of flood disaster in several local government areas in more than 17 states and is still counting.
“This should be taken as a “wake-up call” for each and every one of us to brace up to the reality of climate change and the need for comprehensive, all inclusive, and people-centered measures, to mitigate its negative impact.
Habib also stated that the agency under the guidance and support of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, would embark on a comprehensive flood risk management plan.
He said that the plan would help to substantially reduce potential loss to lives, property damage and interruption to livelihood and economic activities.
He added that to be able to respond timely and efficiently in a coordinated way against flooding, all the three tiers of government must be prepared, and develop plans that consider the vulnerable groups.
They must project full impacts and consequences and acquire contingency stock filing, he added.
He called on states and local governments to empower their respective State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and Local Government Emergency Management Committees (LGEMCs).
He said that would enable them coordinate other stakeholders, prepare a workable plan, have enough contingency stock files and generate the needed awareness among the population.
According to him, responding to flood and all other disaster issues is a collective responsibility, where Federal, state and the local governments as well as communities have complementary roles to play.
He said that when a disaster had overwhelmed a community, the local government that the state should be invited to intervene.
He added that NEMA should only be requested to intervene in situations that the community, local and state governments’ efforts could not provide the needed succour.
The D-G commended Gov. Muhammed Badaru for his effort toward strengthening disaster management architecture in the state.
“It is under his stewardship that Jigawa is now among the only four states of the federation with functional local government management committees.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Yusuf Sani, commended the agency for its prompt action to support the victims.
“This is coming before we even completed the assessment of damage and compiling a comprehensive list of affected victims.
“We appreciated NEMA for this gesture and we are still counting the number of persons affected.
We will extend similar gesture to all of them as more intervention comes in,” Sani said.
Speaking on behalf of the benefiting local government areaas, the Chairman of Hadejia Council, Alhaji Abdulkadir Umar, thanked the agencies for the gesture and assured fair distribution of the items to the victims.
Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that the agency received 13 Nigerians from Khartoum, Sudan.
Abdullahi disclosed this while receiving the returnees in Kano on Tuesday.
The returnees arrived at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 3:00 p.
m. on Tuesday on an Ethiopian Airline Aircraft, with flight number ET343. Abdullahi noted that the returnees were returned to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) initiative on migrant protection and re-integration and European Union, under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme.
“The returnees were brought back through a voluntary programme for the distressed, who had left the country to seek for greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.
“The returnees included five female adults and eight children (three female and five male) from Jigawa and Kano. According to him, the returnees will be trained for four days to be self-reliant and will be given grants to enable them to meet expenses of initial settling down.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given food, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets, pampers and clothes each.
Abdullahi advised Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries, adding that no country was better than Nigeria.
He further explained that the agency, between May and July, had received 367 stranded Nigerians from Agadez (Niger Republic) and trained them on various skills acquisition.
A returnee, Amina Ibrahim, 60, from Kano State, and a mother of four, said she travelled to Sudan to search for greener pastures.
” I was a business woman before I left Nigeria with people’s N8 million debt with me.
“I went to Sudan to seek for greener pasture, thinking that I will be able to get enough money to pay them back and continue with my business.
“In Sudan you have to beg before you can get money to eat.
I really suffered,” Ibrahim said.
NAN reports that the returnees were received by NEMA, with other sister security agencies including Nigerian Red Cross, SEMA, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs and DSS.
Mr Mustapha Ahmed, Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), says the agency is better prepared to provide a well coordinated and timely response to emergencies in the country.
He said this at the end of an Incident Command System and Emergency Coordination Centre training in Abuja.
The training was facilitated by the United States of America Forest Service (USFS) with support from USAID, for staff of NEMA and state emergency management sgencies.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Manzo Ezekiel, Head, Press Unit, NEMA, on Sunday.
The director-general said that the series of trainings had, no doubt, advanced NEMA’s expectations of deploying incident command systems for effective disaster response.
“I make bold to say that, we are now in a better position to provide a well-coordinated and timely response to complex emergencies to save lives and enable speedy recovery.
“The Incident Command System will equally enable us to deploy and utilise our human and material assets in a more efficient manner during sudden onset emergencies,” he said.
Ahmed, who appreciated the facilitators of the training, said that the long term Nigeria-USA partnership has continued to yield positive impacts as he commended staff of the U.
S. Embassy for driving the partnership.
He also congratulated the participants for successful completion of the training and urged them to utilise the knowledge gained in the improvement of disaster management and for the benefit of all.
In his remark, the lead facilitator, Mr Scott Dehnisch of the USFS, said that the training modules were developed to meet specific expectations to further improve capacities for efficient coordination and utilisation of resources in disaster management.
He also expressed confidence in the sustenance of the renewed partnership between NEMA and USFS.
On his part, Malam Musa Zakari, Director, Human Resource Management, NEMA, who is also a participant at the training, explained that it was very intensive, covering critical aspects of command and resource utilisation in the management of complex incidences and situations.
Other participants that also spoke were the Director-General, Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mr Idris Abbas and Executive Secretary Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, Muhammad Mukaddas.
They both appreciated NEMA for facilitating the participation of SEMAs in the training and commended the resource persons and the U.
S. for their support towards improvement of disaster management in the country.
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has warned boat operators to desist from transporting passengers beyond 7.00 p.
m. to avoid frequent boat mishaps on the waterways.
The Managing Director of the authority, Dr George Moghalu, issued the warning at a media interactive session with transportation correspondents in Lagos on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 13 more bodies have been recovered from the ill-fated boat sailing from Mile 2 to Ibeshe, a suburb of Lagos, on Saturday, bringing the total dead bodies recovered to 17.The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Zonal Coordinator, South-West, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, had said illegal operators are rendering services after the end of official hours of 7:00pm, thereby violating the Inland Waterway operations rules.
Moghalu said the authority had constituted waterways task force to arrest any boat operators operating beyond the stipulated time.
The NIWA boss said the Task Force comprised National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos Sate Waterways Authority (LASWA), barge operators, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and the Marine Police.
He explained that studies by the authority had shown that these boat accidents occur either at night or early in the morning adding that the practice must stop.
He stated: ‘‘That is part of the regulation we are putting in place, We are more concern about peoples’ lives, check the history of accidents even in ferries.
“You find out that over 90 per cent of accident happens in the early hours of the morning or in the night and most of these vessels do not have navigational lights.
“On our own parts, we are laying buoys, trying to put navigational aids on the waterways but at the same time, we are appealing to residents in the Riverine communities to ensure the safety of these navigational equipment.
“We have come to see that vandals, thieves destroy these navigational equipment and make away with them,” he said.
Moghalu said the authority would sanction offenders of laws regulating the use of the waterways.
According to him, the Task Force has the mandate to arrest people, sanction people and prosecute people, it is no more business as usual.
There must be sanity on our waterways.
He, however, said that NIWA would continue to encourage boat operators to do the right thing and reduce the incessant boat mishap on waterways by adhering to safety regulations as stipulated by it.
PRNigeria, an Image Merchant Promotion outfit, has called on the Federal Government, Red Cross Society and other humanitarian agencies to assist IDPs in Kagara and Chonoko communities in Niger and Kebbi states.
Mukhtar Madobi, an investigation staff member of the organisation, made the call during a roundtable Media Interface and Presentation of a report on Humanitarian Situations in Kebbi and Niger states on Friday in Abuja.
He said the over 10,000 IDPs in Chonoko community in Kebbi were living under hardship as they had no basic necessities of life.
Madobi said most of the schools in the community were closed down due to the fear of attacks by bandits, adding that some of the schools in town had been turned into IDP camps.
“This has sent a lot of students out of classes, leading to increased number of out-of-school children in the area.
” Chonoko community is suffering from lack of water; investigations show that residents and IDPs usually battle for water from the two available boreholes.
People spend nights to queue for water.
“IDPs are living in a crowded shelter, for example, 20 people are sharing a single room.
NEMA are trying their best, but the items don’t get to the vulnerable communities and people.
“Government and security forces should sustain effort towards restoring peace and security to affected communities.
” He called on NEMA, Red Cross, International Donors and NGOs to provide adequate shelters to the IDPs.“Also, education should be rescued and medical supplies be considered to ensure sound healthcare delivery,” Madobi said.
On Kagara community in Niger, Madobi said residents were assisting victims of bandit attacks with foods and materials, adding that most IDPs were engaged in businesses to sustain their lives.
According to him, security has improved in Kagara, but that bandits are still attacking the surrounding villages.
He said the Vigilantes were not well equipped with good weapons which reduced their efforts in confronting the bandits.
“We also discovered that farmers were paying levies to bandits to have access to their farms and conduct farming activities, thus, farming has been affected, leading to food crisis.
“Most schools in Kagara are closed and the only General Hospital is providing skeletal services because medical personnel usually refuse posting to the community, because of fear of bandit attacks.
He appealed to Federal Government to boost security in villages by providing sophisticated weapons to vigilantes.
He also said that security personnel should be posted to critical infrastructure like schools and hospitals to encourage teachers and health personnel posted to the community.
Speaking, the Head, Press Unit of NEMA, Mr Manzo Ekekiel, said the Agency was committed to the sustainable provision of relief materials to IDPs, especially those affected by insecurity and other disasters across the country.
Ezekiel said the Agency had put in place necessary measures to ensure seamless and hitch-free distribution of relief materials to the communities affected by insecurity challenges and other disasters such as flooding across the countryHe underscored the need for synergy between the Agency, Security Agencies, State Governments and Community Leaders to have unfettered access to the IDPs camps.
“The Kagara that we were discussing here and Chonoko, their locations are within the same general areas, so the DG has a cause to go to Kotongora to go and flag off the relief distribution there.
“Kagara is under our Minna Office, and I am aware that a lot of relief materials approved by the Agency have been delivered to the IDPs there.
“Also, Chonoko is under our office in Sokoto and I am also aware that our Coordinator there has delivered the relief materials approved at that location too.
“I want to say, in fact, there must be strategic reasons why PRNigeria picked on these two communities.
“But I must say here that not only these two communities are affected by insurgency and displacement of persons.
Recently, we were in Plateau to deliver materials to people affected by gunmen in Kanam Local Government,” Ezekiel said.
The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has published the amendments to the Regulation of section 24H, which were published for public consultation on December 31, 2021, for implementation.
Comments on the proposed amendments were duly considered and the Regulations were revised accordingly.
The amendments are necessary to provide contextual clarity, certainty about who must register as an environmental assessment professional (EAP) and when, specify tasks that can only be performed by a registered EAP, and address potential implementation challenges.
The amendments require the registration of EAPs responsible for the NEMA Section 24G and Waste Management License (WML) NEMA Environmental Authorization (EA) application processes, and specify tasks that can only be performed by an EAP registered for those categories.
The amendments to the Regulations also explicitly exclude certain players in the NEMA EA, NEMA Section 24G and WML application processes from the requirement to be registered for reasons of rationality and practicality.
These include people who make the final decisions on applications, such as the Ministers responsible for the environment and mineral resources, the Members of the Executive Council (MEC), the Directors General (DG) of the DFFE and the DMRE, the Heads of Department (HOD) or persons acting in any of those capacities; people who provide comments on documents; and people who investigate, evaluate or prepare specialized reports.
The modifications will not limit or exclude the participation of any person in the public participation processes for applications that fall within the scope of the Regulation, but will advance the professionalization of the EAP sector.
The deadline for the mandatory registration of the EAPs that perform the specified tasks is August 8, 2022.
The Gazette of the modifications and a record of the comments and the report of responses to the comments that emanate from the public consultation process will be can be accessed at: National Environmental Management Law, 1998 (Law No. 107 of 1998) Modification of article 24h of the regulation of the registration authority, 2016 [G 47133 - GoN 2320]
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday received another batch of 140 Nigerians stranded from Agadas, Niger Republic.
The NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, confirmed this while receiving the returnees in Kano.According to him, the returnees were brought back to Kano at about 9.38 p.
m in three luxury buses under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from Agadas.
Abdullahi noted that the returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.
The returnees included 100 male adults, 30 female adults and 10 children (six female and four male), he said.
“The returnees are from different parts of the country, some from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jos, Lagos and Cross River, among other states.
”The coordinator further explained that the returnees would be trained for four days to be self-reliant and be given a grant to start off businesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given clothes, food, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets, pampers and sanitary pad each.
He enjoined the returnees to be ambassadors towards advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration.
“Nigerians should avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries as no country is better than Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.
A returnee, Madam Aisha Lawal, from Kaduna State, a divorcee and mother of five, said she travelled to Libya for greener pasture with one of her kids.
“I was a business woman before I left my husband, we are suffering and i have no capital to continue with my business that was why I decided to travel to Libya,” she said.
Another returnee, Mr Richard Odogwu from Lagos State, said before he travelled he was working in a company.
“I was sacked from the company I work to make little money in taking care of my six siblings.
“My parents are dead and I have to take care of my siblings that was why i decided to travel to Libya to search for greener pasture,” said Odogwu.
NAN recalls that the agency had between May and June received a total of 227 stranded Nigerians from Agadas.
The returnees were received by NEMA along with other agencies, including Nigeria Red Cross, SEMA, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs ascwell as the DSS.
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 National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday received another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians were received at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 23:58 p.m with Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.He said that the programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.Farinloye said that the returnees are 77 male adults, 64 female adults, 11 male and 12 female child, five female infant and six male infant were brought back to the country.He said that among those brought into the country, two female and 2 male had medical issues.Farinloye enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for ample opportunities abound in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.He, however, appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they must have been exposed to from the country of departure in their homeland in order to best of our potentials in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.” We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria.” Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potentials, looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.” You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.” There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.He said that the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as: Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Police.NewsSourceCredit: NAN