NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Adamawa Flood Victims

NemaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated relief materials to victims of flood and insurgency in Adamawa State.

Director-General of NEMA, Mohammed Sani Sidi, who made the donations to Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla of Adamawa State said that they were in Yola to deliver the relief intervention on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari for onward distribution to the affected people.

The NEMA team was at the Government House in Yola to commiserate with the state government and the NEMA Director-General advised those living in flood prone areas to move to higher grounds. He also advised residents to stop dumping refuge along waterways.

Gov. Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla, who received the donations for the state, appreciated the gesture and promised to distribute the materials judiciously.

The NEMA Director-General and his team were also at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola where he commiserated with victims of last Friday’s mosque bomb blast and wished the people quick recovery.

The team was also at the IDP camp in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Yola where they donated some relief materials.

Items donated include rice, maize, beans, guinea corn and millet. Others are mattresses, mosquito nets, blankets, toiletries, cement, roofing sheets among others.

About 15 local government areas in Adamawa State and over 130,000 people were affected by the flood during the last rainy season coupled with the release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon. Farms were submerged, houses flooded and communities displaced, prompting NEMA to provide the relief materials to the displaced people.


NEMA Asks States To Prepare For More Flood

nemaThe Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA), Mohammed Sani Sidi, has warned that the recent flooding that wreaked havoc across the country may likely occur again in more frontline states as the Camerounian government gets set to release water from its dams in the days ahead.

He warned Nigerians to take seriously the recent prediction by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency regarding excessive rainfall in the zone this year.

The NEMA DG gave the warning when he visited some areas that were affected by flood in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.

He urges residents in various states and local government councils to prepare adequately against flood disasters during this year’s rainy season, advising those still living along flood prone areas and river banks to vacate such places in order not to be caught unawares.

While commiserating with the victims, Mr Sidi assured that NEMA in collaboration with Kaduna State Management Agency is making arrangement to provide them with temporary accommodation.

The flood overwhelmed about 10 Local Government Areas killing one person. The local governments affected are Kachia, Kaura, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Kauru, Kubau and Soba, Igabi, Chikun and Makarfi, affecting, over 2,000 houses and at least 30,000 people.

Channels Television’s crew that visited the areas gathered that residents of flood-prone areas, had been preparing for the rains. But others ruled out the possibility of the floods this year, since the rains were not heavy when they began.

Emergency officials say the Camerounian authorities had indicated that between now and November this year, there would be routine release of water from the dam, warning that all those living around River Benue in Garoua in Cameroun up to Nigeria must be at alert and be ready in case of possible flooding.

When the flood occurred, Governor Nasir El-Rufai visited some of the affected areas to see things for himself and blamed it on human error.

Presently, about four states – Kaduna, Jigawa, Adamawa – have witnessed heavy flood as predicted by NIMET.
While the victims continue to count their loses, it is hoped that emergency officials will move into action to provide them with some kind of succour pending when the floods will dry up.

I Visited Maiduguri On A Fact Finding Mission – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo flanked by Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, during a visit to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Dalori Camp in Maiduguri.

The Federal Government is assessing the extent of damage in parts of the northeast by the Boko Haram insurgents that has killed and rendered thousands of people homeless.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, during a one day working visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital said the Federal Government is committed to rebuilding and resettling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Osinbajo said he visited Maiduguri on a fact finding mission on the insistence of President Muhammad Buhari and also to have a first hand assessment of the living condition of the IDPs.

He told IDPs at the Dalori Camp that the government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the quick end to insurgency and their early return to their various communities.

He met a number of bomb victims hospitalized at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

Osinbajo also met the Shehu of Borno and held close door meeting with other stakeholders in the State.

Vice President Osinbajo was accompanied by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammed Sani Sidi.

Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, expressed delight with the show of concern by the Federal Government toward IDPs in the State.

Flood kills 35, destroy properties in Jos

At least 35 people have been confirmed dead and over 200 houses destroyed by the flood that followed the heavy down pour in Jos, Plateau state capital. Red Cross officials said on Monday 23 July 2012.

“We have recovered the bodies of 35 people that drowned in the overnight flooding,” said Manasie Phampe, head of the Red Cross in Plateau state.. “About 200 homes have either been submerged or destroyed.”

He said the confirmed victims so far included a 90-year-old woman and a three-month-old baby, adding that the toll could rise.

“Rainwater and water from the Lamingo dam which overflowed swept across several neighbourhoods in the city,” he explained. “We are still searching for more bodies as many people have been declared missing.”

However, a statement released by the Head of Public Relations of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushau Shuaib, put the number of the dead at 21 and 35 missing.

The statement further said a search party has been dispatched to the north-central city to find missing persons “search and rescue officers to the areas as they were immediately deployed to assist in the recovery of those affected.”

Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Edward Maigida, who is representing the Director General of the agency, Mohammed Sani Sidi, is leading the party.

Two camps have been opened to provide temporary shelter for the affected persons in Gangare Primary School and Islamiyya Secondary School where the Agency has also moved relief assistance to provide them with some succour.

The rescue operations were launched in the Gangare and Rikkos areas of Jos which was submerged by the devastating flood.


Economic Council orders establishment of state and local disaster management units

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been directed by the National Economic Council (NEC) to help state and local governments put in place emergency management units to manage disaster before the arrival NEMA.

Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, made this known while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the monthly meeting of the council in Abuja.

He said the directive was prompted by a presentation made by the Director-General of NEMA,  Mohammed Sani Sidi on the need to decentralize the functions of the agency to local and state governments.

Fayemi, however, maintained that the establishment of SEMA and Local Emergency Committees (LEMCs) by state and local governments respectively would provide effective and speedy disaster management in the country.

“The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) briefed Council on steps that are being taken to provide effective and speedy disaster management in Nigeria and the role and relationship between NEMA and various State Emergency Management Agencies, particularly in terms of clarifying the laws backing State Emergency Agencies and ensuring that all States are encouraged to set up structures and institutions that would enable them response to emergencies in a speedy and efficient manner.

“NEMA also was asked to provide technical support, not just disaster relief after the facts, but technical support for these emergencies at the local level and necessary training to aid the States establish the State SEMA and then the Local Government Emergency Management Committees.”

According to him, the council also directed the Federal Ministry of Finance and state commissioners of finance to discuss details of the government’s Ecological Fund allocations to states to provide enough funding for SEMA and LEMCs.

Fayemi also stressed the need for the country to develop a “Disaster Management Protocol” to raise the level of awareness of the people on the implication of emergency situations.

Lagos and Bauchi states already have the proposed state controlled emergency management units but will have to go a step further in creating local units.