IDPs: Borno Government’s MoU With NEMA Begins To Yield Results

BornoThe National Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the Borno State Government in dealing with the humanitarian crisis that has devastated the state.

Director-General of the Emergency Agency, Mohammed Sidi, has been evaluating the extent of devastation with a view to intervening.

The Borno State Government had repeatedly groaned under the burden of housing and catering for the displaced unaided and this led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with NEMA for coordination and partnership.

It is in furtherance to the MoU previously signed that Mr Mohammed Sidi has been visiting camps, health facilities and stakeholders in the capital city to evaluate areas requiring the agency’s intervention.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has now said that NEMA’s intervention has helped stabilize the dwindling fortunes of the state.

Some of the displaced persons have also confirmed that their basic needs are being catered for with food items expected to supply the Internally Displaced Persons for the next two months arriving the state.

Over 900,000 people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency have been living in the 23 make shift camps spread across the capital city, Maiduguri.

Most families in the host community have also opened their doors to displaced friends and relatives sacked from their homes in less safer parts of the state.

The University of Maiduguri has also been officially identified as the 23rd make-shift camp as the management is now stuck with many students who have lost their hometowns to the insurgency.

Officials say Borno State is home to 70% of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria.

NEMA Holds 2014 Flood Sensitization Workshop In Awka

People wade through a flood with their belongings after their houses were submerged in the Amassoma community in Bayelsa statePersistent warnings of heavy rains this year, have led to efforts by disaster management authorities to enlighten Nigerians on how to contain the anticipated floods.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has begun a workshop on flood prevention, mitigation and preparedness in Awka, Anambra State, South East Nigeria.

The South-East Zonal Director of NEMA, Dr Bamidele Onimode, explained that the measure would enable residents cope effectively with the impact of floods but also highlighted what needs to be done to achieve better management of the expected floods.

“If emergencies are not well taken care of, it will become disaster. A comprehensive disaster management requires concerted efforts of all stakeholders and the financial resources available for disaster management are increasing becoming limited.”

Participants at the workshop, including the Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Oseloka Obaze, confirmed that the ideas shared would help raise a risk management consciousness among the people.

“The important thing is that we have an operational basis on which to start and we know what to do and which facilities to look for. Where we need guidance, we’ll get it from NEMA which is quite useful to us here.”

Stroke Of Luck For Lion Air Plane With 108 Passengers

[highlight txtcolor=”#oooff”]All 108 passengers and crew miraculously survived when a Lion Air Boeing 737 missed the runway on the balmy Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and landed in the sea.[/highlight]

Forty people were treated for injuries including broken legs, head wounds and shock, though only four were admitted to hospital, hospital officials said.

The brand new aircraft had flown from Bandung, in West Java, and was about to land at Bali airport. “But it probably failed to reach the runway and fell into the sea,” said Lion Air spokesman Edward Sirait.

He said there were 101 passengers and seven crew on board but would not comment on the cause of the crash. An investigation is under way.

Bali’s police chief told local television that there were two foreign passengers.

According to one of the passengers “There was no sign at all it would fall but then suddenly it dropped into the water,”

Budget carrier Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest airline and is rapidly expanding.

The plane was delivered last month. The company has signed two record contracts with two world’s top plane makers, Boeing and Airbus. Last month, it signed a deal with Airbus for 234 passenger jets worth a $24 billion. Two years ago, it signed a deal with Boeing for 230 planes.

Indonesia has been struggling to improve its civil air safety after a string of deadly accidents. In 2007, Lion Air was among a number of Indonesian airlines banned by the EU for lax safety standards. The ban was progressively lifted, starting in 2009.

The runway at Bali international airport starts next to the sea. The island is Indonesia’s main tourist destination, especially popular with Australians for its surfing.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, Lion Air planes have been involved in six accidents since 2002, four of them involving Boeing 737s. Only one of them, according to the site, resulted in fatalities.

Pipeline Explodes In Lagos

A vandalised Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline on Monday exploded in Abule-Ado village, near Ijegun in Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.

According to an eyewitness, the raging fire started around 9pm on Monday when about 30 people were scooping fuel from the vandalised pipeline into hundreds of 50 kilogramme jerry cans.

The Information officer of the National Emergency Management Agency for South West, Ibrahim Farinloye told Channels Television that there might be several points of fire.

Mr Farinloye said both state and federal fire fighters called to the scene  could not do much because of the swampy terrain. He likened the fire incident to the vandalisation of the NNPC pipeline at Arepo in Ogun State.

Meanwhile, supply of petroleum product through the pipeline has been shut to suffocate the inferno.

When Channels Television arrived the area gun shots could be heard from a close distance where the fire was burning, while vultures could be seen hovering the area, a sign some attribute to the presence of dead bodies around the area.

Abule -Ado village is a few kilometres away from Festac Housing Estate in Lagos.

This is the second incident of pipeline vandalism on NNPC facility in Lagos after that of Arepo at the end of August which experts say was responsible for shortage of supply of petroleum products in Lagos and neighbouring states.

Flood sacks 14 communities; displaces 25, 000 persons in Benue

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday said over 25, 000 persons have been displaced by flood in 14 communities in Benue State following the overflow of river Benue.

Yushau Shuaib, NEMA’s Head Public Relations, in a press statement sent to Channels Television, said the agency had reached out to areas that are threatened by flood yet “some of the communities at risk have remained adamant even as over 25, 000 persons in 14 communities were displaced in Benue State following the overflow of river Benue.

“Also, thousands of residents in Kaduna metropolis have been displaced by flood from Kaduna River and some communities in Kano State submerged after the collapse of Warawa dam.

“Similarly, more areas along the plains of River Benue and River Niger have remained under the threat of flood from the unprecedented rise of water in the upstream dams,” the statement said.

The NEMA spokesman said the agency is working with the Benue State government and others in the establishment of three camps for the displaced persons while officials have mobilized to the other areas that are also affected by the disaster including Bauchi State.

Mr Shuaib said “the agency has contacted the relevant States Governors and stakeholders as well as launched a series of awareness campaigns and advocacy to sensitize the vulnerable communities on measures to be taken. However, some of the communities have remained adamant not to move to any place of safety and resigned their fate to the act of God.

Meanwhile, authorities at the Jebba hydroelectric dam has began discrete release of the excess water from the dam to safeguard the facility.

The Chief executive officer of the hydroelectric power plant, Lamu Audu attributed the high water level to excessive rainfall this year.

An assessment team comprising officers of NEMA and the stakeholders including the line ministries visited the dam and some of the threatened communities in Kwara and Niger States.

NEMA’s Director of Planning Research and Forecasting, Charles Agbo who led the team expressed satisfaction with the manner which the excess water is being managed.

During the visit to Jebba and Old Jebba which are the two immediate communities located at the downstream of the dam, Mr Agbo advised the residents in the communities to relocate to the higher grounds for safety.