Agency, stakeholders brainstorm on flood mitigation

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has advised people living in urban areas to evacuate refuse on waterways and said those living in flood prone areas should move to higher grounds.

Mrs. Lydia Wagami, Head NEMA, Minna Operations Office in Charge of Niger and Kwara, gave the advice at a one-day stakeholders meeting in Minna, Niger state, North- Central, Nigeria.

Wagami said that the meeting is for stakeholders to discuss the potential threats of flood in the two states and to strategies on how to mitigate flooding in 2019.

She explained that the forum would draw out modalities and itemise the roles and responsibilities with first flood respondent agencies on how to reduce the effects of flood.

Mr. Pwajok Tok, state Inspector, NIMET, said the late onset of rain and early predictions by the agency were to allow flood prone areas take early measures to avert losses.

Prof. Shamsudeen Ojoye, Deputy Director, Center for Disaster Risk Management and Development Agency, Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna urged stakeholders to work together to further reduce the menace of flooding.

Mr.i Aliyu Umaru, District Head of Gurumana in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state, urged the state government to fast track the compensation process of the people in the area to enable them relocate.

“We are appealing to the Nigerian government to compensate those living in the upper stream area of Shiroro dam to enable them move away from the waterside,” he said.

Other stakeholders in attendance are the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA), the Fire Service and North South Power.