PREPARE FOR FLOODING —NEMA WARNS EBONYI, OTHERS

REPORTER: AMECHI ODO

The National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) has called on governments at all level to take urgent action to reduce the diverse impact of impending flooding on the entire Nigerian landscape and population, especially vulnerable persons.

The Director General of the Agency, Mrs. Zubaida Umar, stated this in a message to the Downscaling of 2024 Flood Early Warning Strategies to Grassroots Level for Effective and Efficient Early Actions in Abakaliki.

Represented by the Director Human Resources, NEMA Abuja, Mr. Martins Ejike, the Director General explained that Ebonyi State was impacted in the 2012 and 2022 flood incident and required that the people of the state be sensitized to this year’s forecast, which would also affect some Local government areas.

Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State represented by his Deputy, Princess Patricia Obila, said the state was ready to collaborate with NEMA to reduce the impact of the impending flooding and called for the compensation of those who lost their houses and farms to past incidents.

The Executive Secretary, Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Clement Ovuoba, mentioned Ikwo, Izzi, Abakaliki and Afikpo as areas NEMA and NIMET, listed to be affected by the 2024 flooding.

He urged residents to brace up for emergency situations.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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