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Flooding: Nasarawa Emergency Management Agency tasks stakeholders on sensitisation

Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) has charged stakeholders in disaster management to intensify sensitisation in disaster-prone areas, especially flooding that come with the rainy season.

Zachary Allumaga, Director-General, NASEMA gave the charge on Friday in Lafia at the one day stakeholders meeting on disaster management.

He reminded the stakeholders of the  impending flood disaster predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) for 2024, and the need to create awareness in order to mitigate the impact on the people.

Worried by the weather pattern, Allumaga urged residents to exercise caution and refrain from activities that could trigger potential disasters.

“The rain this year has already signaled the likelihood of serious disasters.  Effective sensitisation efforts are essential to minimise the damages,” he said.

Allumaga further stated that reports from the field corroborate the gravity of the situation, particularly in Keana, where more than 1,000  houses have already been affected by adverse weather conditions.

He underscored community sensitisation and the need for proactive measures to mitigate potential risks associated with heavy rainfall.

He urged communities to take precautions such as relocating vulnerable individuals, particularly infants and the elderly, to safer areas to avoid potential hazards.

“Early preparation and awareness creation are vital in safeguarding lives and property during the rainy season.

“Sensitisation will empower individuals to make informed decisions and take necessary actions to protect themselves and their families from potential dangers posed by inclement weather conditions,” he said.

The NASEMA boss noted that the various stakeholders – the Fire Service, Police, Road Safety, Nasarawa State Urban Development Board, Traditional rulers, Community among others were critical in disaster management in the state

Also speaking, Mohammed Yahaya, the Managing Director, Nasarawa State Urban Development Board, represented by Sabo Manjiche, warned against building on waterway.

“It is regrettable that many residents disregard regulations, acceptable standard and opting for unauthorised building sites, thus undermining the overall urban planning and design of Nasarawa State,” he said.

Other stakeholders who spoke at the event were the Police, Road Safety, Fire Service, Ministry of Agriculture and that of Information, all resolved to use sensitise  the people to take precaution in their own interest.

They re- echoed Allumaga’s concern, collectively urging residents to refrain from obstructing water channels and building in flood-prone areas.

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