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Partner states to prevent flooding, govs urge NEMA, NiMET

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have asked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Nigerian Meteorological...

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have asked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) to develop a comprehensive partnership framework to drive their engagement with states to stop the incidences of flooding in the country. 

This was contained in a communique at the end of an emergency meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), held on Tuesday night in Abuja.

The communique signed by Kwara State governor and Chairman of the NGF, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, said the forum received briefings from the director generals of NEMA and NiMet on the incidence of flooding across the country and deliberated on urgent proactive measures to save lives, livelihood, critical infrastructure, and safeguard national food security. 

The communique read in part, “Members resolved to collaborate with relevant agencies at arriving at a comprehensive and federation response while leveraging the 2023 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP), Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), flood risk maps, and the Climate Related Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Strategy.

“NEMA briefed governors on how to achieve shared goals of building a safer and more resilient Nigeria in the face of the growing rate of occurrence of disasters globally. 

“NEMA called on state governors to set up functional State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) and community volunteers with adequate legal backing, funding and trained manpower.

“On their part, governors requested NEMA and NiMET to develop a comprehensive partnership framework to drive their engagement with states.”

 

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