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 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)