6 Ebonyi LGAs Prepare for Flood…NEMA/SEMA Embark on Sensitization…Set to Activate Emergency Committees

By Agnes Igwe

Following predictions by Nigerian Metrological Agency that 6 Local Government Areas in Ebonyi state shall experience intense flood this year, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and their Ebonyi state counterpart Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency (EBSEMA) have embarked on sensitization exercises to prepare the people ahead of the menace.

The campaign to end human-induced flood was taken to 6 Local Government Areas during a one-day workshop organized by Ebonyi State Emergency management agency in collaboration with NEMA for stakeholders, traditional rulers, traders, town union executives, LGA staff and many more who will, in turn, step it down to the larger society.

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The agencies led by the Acting Coordinator southeast zone, Mr. Fred Anusim, and Prince Chibueze Iteshi took the sensitization message to the 6 Local Government Areas to be affected according to (NIMET) namely, Afikpo North, Abakaliki, Ezza North, Ebonyi, Ikwo and Ohaukwu respectively.

Prince Iteshi during his remarks regretted that the kind of flood experienced in Nigeria are human induced through building on waterways, dumping of refuse in drainages, excavation of sand from wrong places among other causes, advised that fast growing specie of seedlings be used by farmers at flood-prone areas to ensure earlier harvest before the flood set in.

He charged all the councils bosses to set up local emergency committees to be saddled with the responsibility of sensitizing the people further about disasters, the way forward and gathered timely, accurate information about disaster victims for prompt response by the agencies, as SEMA shall inaugurate them as soon as possible.

On his part,Mr. Fred Anusim, the zonal coordinator advised the people to put permanent stop to the inducement of the flood because it’s after effects are dangerous to all in planet earth not excluding humans, animals, arable lands and crop.

He urged the people to put in place measures to support round the seasons farming through irrigation processes to caution effects of the flood and reduce the rate of food insufficiency and unnecessary importation of food items.

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A NEMA staff Mr. Ekeh Kennedy delivered a detailed lecture on causes of flood and management where he admonished people to stop pouring refuse into drainage channels, walking through floodwater, allowing children play in them, disruption in government plan and building codes among other precautionary measures in order to reduce the rate of flood and its effects.

In a bid to ensure quick response to disaster calls, the agencies gave out the following phone numbers: For NEMA Emergency calls 122 while that of SEMA are 08038260359 or 08159673905 for WhatsApp videos and pictures.

Responding, the local government council bosses, Mr. Ogbonnaya Oko-Enyim Dr Nora Aloh, Mr. Emmanuel Nwangele, Barr Clement Odah and Mr. John Nnabu appreciated NEMA and SEMA for the timely sensitization and relief materials always given to people to caution effects of disaster and pledged to set up the local emergency committees in no distant time, ready for inauguration.

They pledged their readiness to work with the agencies to reduce rates of disaster and their dreaded effects to the barest minimum.
The traditional rulers of Ohaisu community, His Royal Highness Onwa Elechi and his Okpoitumo counterpart, Stephen Ukpai, Abakaliki DC boss Ekene Edeh, supervisory councilor for health Ezza North, Alhaji Ibrahim Amah president-general of town unions in Afikpo North were not left out in the show of gratitude to the agencies as they pledged their synergy and support to actualization of disaster-free local government councils.

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