NEMA, Benue govt collaborate to avert flood disaster

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA is to collaborate with the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA in sensitizing communities on how to mitigate the impact of the possible flood disaster in Benue state.

NEMA Zonal Coordinator, North Central, Mr. Eugene Nyelong stated this in Makurdi at a stakeholders meeting on flood prediction.

Mr. Nyelong said the prediction by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency and Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency indicates that twenty eight States of the Federation including Benue will experience possible flood hence the proactive steps to reduce the danger.

While handing over copies of information, communication materials for on ward distribution to people in the would-be affected Local Government Areas, Mr. Nyelong assured that the Federal Government is developing a report in terms of dredging River Benue according to the international standard.

The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Emmanuel Shior explained that the state government has been carrying out sensitization in the media, engaging town criers, Local Government Chairmen, community leaders and other stakeholders on the ways to reduce the impact of the impending flood disaster.

Dr Shior expressed optimism that the collaborative effort of the Federal Government through NEMA would further strengthened the steps so far taken by Governor Samuel Ortom on the matter.

NIMET Manager in Benue State, Mr. Tanko Kazachiang advised people on flood prone areas to be on alert warning that after the August break being experience now, there would be resumption of heavy rainfall.

The General Manager, Benue State Environmental Sanitation Authority, BENSESA, Mr Solomon Onah urged residents to desist from blocking water channels and re-echoes Governor Ortom’s appeal for the Federal Government to dredge River Benue to reduce the impact of flood in the state.