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Nigeria to witness longer days of rain

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By Abraham Adekunle

Country needs to prepare adequately to avoid mass flooding like in 2022.

On March 21, 2023, Mr. Mustapha Habib Ahmed, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has emphasized the need for 36 State Governments and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to take the necessary steps to mitigate this year’s flooding by setting up Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC). He gave the charge while addressing Governor Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State who gave a vivid account of measures being put in place to mitigate this year’s flooding.

The head of NEMA applauded the proactiveness of the Ekiti State Governor towards averting the flooding-related crisis and pledged the Agency’s readiness to partner with the State. Because the executive governor had previously started preparing for the upcoming flood season by having drainages cleared in Etiki State. He said that the governor has invited him to come to the State to see first hand what  work is being done.

Agency boss highlights the major achievements of the operation.

The NEMA chair said that the agency trained all SEMA’s executive secretaries in Abuja. He said professionals from Bournemouth University and the whole department of disaster management of the university is in Nigeria to train the personnel. This included the director and three other professors, all of whom  were around to train the executive secretaries of SEMA. He said Ekiti State government officials were among those that were here for the program and the executive governor passed the course.

Mr. Ahmed advised the governor to set up a Local Emergency Management Committee immediately. He also said he and his team would come for the inauguration. He said every disaster is local, and it starts from a community within a local government and a state. The NEMA boss said that the agency and the state have to collaborate and work hand-in-hand to ensure that what happened last year does not repeat itself. He said seasonal climate prediction has shown that Nigeria is having longer days of rain this year.

The planning department is working with the agency.

Department is working with the Agency and other stakeholders including the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMET) and Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA). He said they are working together to identify areas that will be hit. “I just approved sensitization programmes across the country, jingles, TVs so that everybody will be aware of what is coming,” he said. Speaking earlier on Tuesday, he unveiled plans to set up the Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) as part of ongoing efforts to mitigate against 2023 flooding.

With what was done in Ekiti State, this has been replicated in all the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Speaking earlier on Tuesday, he unveiled plans to set up the Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) as part of ongoing efforts to mitigate against 2023 flooding. He said that the agency is willing to partner and collaborate with the state, including attending the inauguration of the LEMC. “We are willing to come and see what you have done in terms of clearing of the drainages and everything there,” he assured.

Ensuring that the state can mitigate against the effects of natural disaster.

The governor of Ekiti State extends his heartfelt appreciation to NEMA on behalf of the state government and the people of Ekiti State. He said that they were grateful for ensuring that the state can mitigate against the effects of natural disasters which naturally will come. He said that the state government has received the NiMET report forecast for this year, and has noted that the rain this year will be longer. States have to be proactive to mitigate the effect of flooding and other natural disasters. He said the state has commenced early preparations towards that in areas that are prone to flooding, such as dredging. The state government has also started to alert the people to be prepared and has partnered with Local Governments to ensure that the effects of this are reduced.


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AN-Toni
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10 months ago

Nigeria to witness longer days of rain.Country needs to prepare adequately to avoid mass flooding like in 2022. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
10 months ago

This year we will be experiencing a lot of rain in Nigeria. The weather forecast has helped us to know that. We need to prepare ahead and ensure we are proactive to deal with these much rain.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
10 months ago

Good move by the Ekiti state government, The agency and the state have to collaborate and put in effort efforts to mitigate against flooding. people should also cooperate to make efforts count. It’s for their own benefit.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
10 months ago

Nigeria to witness longer days of rain. We should always prepare for it. More drainage should be created and more canals should be build. We need to get ready for any heavy rain and flood

Haykaylyon26
Member
10 months ago

It is high time state Government have to take this issue seriously. If we could remember vividly what happened to them in kogi state in 2022. Government needs to improvise and prepare ahead of this coming raining season.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
10 months ago

People need to equip themselves for when this rainy season comes because according to this article it will be much worse this time, I hope everyone will be safe as this will come and go.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
10 months ago

The federal and state governments must cooperate and work together to prevent the recurrence of the calamities that have been affecting us in the past.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
10 months ago

The last year flooding activities alone cause a lot of damages to properties and lands across the country. Nigerians needs to beware of this year incoming activity.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
10 months ago

In order to mitigate its consequences of this news the federal administration has to warn the populace and encourage preparation amd also help provide to people that cannot afford to prepare.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
10 months ago

The normal rain we have been having have caused so much flooding and loss of lives and property in the country, now imagine the damage that this longer rain will do. Its is Gods hands now.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
10 months ago

We need to prepare the most this time for the anticipated high rain level. Knowing what the implications could be is enough to fear and brace for the impact.

SarahDiv
Member
10 months ago

Now that every sector is fully aware that there will be longer day of rain and there will be flood, it will be better to be proactive to mitigate against every forms of flooding.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
10 months ago

Now that we have know this no wasting of time again. Government should put in measure to support areas that are prone to flooding and prevent live loss.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
10 months ago

We are already witness much rain and which will we still experience more in the country we should prepared for flood to afford what happen last year not to repeat again which destroy many things

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
10 months ago

The government at all level needs to start taking this seriously now. If only we could clearly recall the events of the year 2022. In provision for the impending heavy raining , the government will need to ensure adequate supply.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
10 months ago

To lessen the impact of this information, the government must issue warnings, promote preparation, and assist those who cannot afford these measures.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
10 months ago

The flooding problem has been in existence for quiet some time and nothing tangible is been done to reduce it or put total stop to it in the country despite the huge donations from both local and the international community.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
10 months ago

Since it is now common knowledge that rainy periods will last longer and floods will occur, it is in everyone’s best interest to take preventative measures.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
10 months ago

We are entering into the season of prolong raining. Every drainages should be cleared and areas prone to flooding should be evacuated to protect lives and properties.

theApr
theApr
Member
10 months ago

I hope everyone will be safe as this will come and go, but people need to be prepared for when this rainy season arrives since, according to this report, it will be more worse this time.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
10 months ago

The federal government must notify the public, encourage preparation, and assist those who cannot afford to prepare in order to lessen the effects of this news.