NEMA assesses flood-hit communities in Adamawa for intervention

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

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A team from the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency is in Adamawa to determine the effect of recent floods in the affected communities and conduct needs assessment for the communities, so as to give the needed intervention.

This followed recent floods in Yola-North and Yola-South, which have ravaged several communities, left several people dead and thousand others homeless.

The Director General of NEMA, Mallam Mustapha Maihaja, said it was necessary for NEMA to assess the needs of the people before bringing in any form intervention to the flood victims and their communities.

Mallam Maihaja, who was represented by NEMA’s Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, said he was in the state on an assessment tour of the flood victims and communities in Adamawa State.

He said NEMA first intervened this year in Bolong, Bare, Numan and Demsa, while the second time was in Pate.

“NEMA cannot bring anything out of the blues to say okay, this is what we think you need, no! They will work together with SEMA and we will be able to bring what they need. We cannot come in and say this is what we want to do. When we sit down with the Adamawa State Government and NEMA here, we are already intervening, the process is already on,” Air Commodore Iyamu said.

Federal Intervention

The Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri, who went round with the NEMA entourage, said the magnitude of destruction caused by the flood prompted the state government to run to the federal government for help.

Governor Fintiri was represented by his Deputy, Chief Crowther Seth.

“You see, that’s why government through the leadership of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, decided to ask for the Federal Government to come and see and you can see the Federal Government has answered him. That is why the team is here from NEMA Headquarters. The state government cannot do anything much, that is why we asked for assistant from the Federal Government. The situation is that the Federal Government will answer to our plea and came and we know that they will come back again, sooner or later,” said Mr. Seth.

Air Commodore Iyamu said he was aware that the people needed quick intervention and NEMA wouldensure the speedy supply of relief materials to the affected communities in Adamawa State.